N U R E M B E R G T O S T R A S B O U R G
An amazing and really important piece of work... the most incredibly stimulating piece of history. Stunning.'
Baroness Helena Kennedy
Principal Mansfield College, Oxford
on Dreams of Peace & Freedom October 2016
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'Yet I am haunted by some words from a song to which we used to listen in more carefree days:
"On fait des serments
On les oublie"
Having propounded high ideals in defeated Germany I feel the responsibility for doing my part to see that they are not forgotten by the victors'.
David Maxwell Fyfe
The Hague 1947
How long does it take to forget?
Well as it turns out in twenty-first century Britain, it takes seventy years
‘Maxwell-Fyfe’s involvement in drafting the ECHR was key. In certain ways, in his very person he also provided a living link between the Convention and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Just as the Universal Declaration reflected the insights and experiences of men and women who had just witnessed and in some cases had been personally devastated by the events of the second world war so the text of the European Convention was moulded by a man who had been indelibly affected by the same epoch making events . ’
Francesca Klug - A Magna Carta for all Humanity published Routledge 2015
IN THE PERIOD LEADING UP TO 2020
WE WILL PUBLISH THE STORY IN HIS OWN WORDS,
PERFORM THE SONG CYCLE TO TOUCH MANY,
FILM AND RECORD THE SONG CYCLE TO REACH MORE,
PLACE THIS HISTORY AT THE HEART OF THE CAMPAIGN TO MAINTAIN
FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS THROUGHOUT EUROPE
Dreams of Peace & Freedom is a moving song cycle exploring the birth of modern human rights. The writings of David Maxwell Fyfe, Nuremberg prosecutor and champion of the European Convention,
intertwine with musical settings of the poets who inspired him
The personal papers of David Maxwell Fyfe are now owned and managed by the Churchill Archive in Cambridge. The copyright and the ability to tell this story resides with us. This is a thrilling collection that throws light on a dark period, and reveals that love is the true bedrock of international justice and a passion to protect our humanity
A documentary film following one road to modern human rights