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When the bombs fall

James Buckhouse
Mar 5, 2013 · 2 min read

1940

In 1940, she began to record a new set of Scarlatti sonatas in Paris. The Nazis invaded, but she did not move. Even as the bombs fell and the anti-aircraft artillery fire boomed through the streets, she did not break from her song. In an astonishing show of grit, you can hear the war break out in the background at 2:00 into this track.

What will you do when the bombs fall?

Maybe Wanda was crazy and should have run away like her studio technicians did when the guns blazed. But she didn’t. And since she didn’t, seven decades later we can glimpse her raw portrait of courage.


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Image: the background was made with Stamen’s watercolor map program. The foreground image is from wiki-commons mixed with bombing footage from WWII.

Design Story

Complements to the human condition.

James Buckhouse

Written by

Design Partner at Sequoia & Founder of SequoiaDesignLab.com Ex-Twitter, Ex-Dreamworks. Guest lecturer at Stanford’s GSB & d.school https://linktr.ee/buckhouse

Design Story

Complements to the human condition.

James Buckhouse

Written by

Design Partner at Sequoia & Founder of SequoiaDesignLab.com Ex-Twitter, Ex-Dreamworks. Guest lecturer at Stanford’s GSB & d.school https://linktr.ee/buckhouse

Design Story

Complements to the human condition.

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