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April 5, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Alexander Nevsky, Jacob Roggeveen, Bornholm

On the 5th of April –

In 1242 Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, avert an attempted invasion by the Teutonic Knights, during a battle on the ice of Lake Peipus. Nevsky of course became the great Russian hero, lauded in many songs, poems, stories, made into a saint, and the subject of a beautiful movie by Eisenstein with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
S.M. Eisenstein
Sant'Alessandro Nevsky
An extract the the most memorable part, the ‘Field of the Dead’, can be accessed by following this link, and clicking on ‘view in original context’, then on ‘ecouter un extrait’
I was once priviliged to sing in the choir at a concert performance of that piece with a simultaneous showing of the film with the student musical society Krashna Musika in Delft.
Prokofiev, Aleksander Andreyevitch

In 1722 Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island. He set out to discover the ‘Zuidland’ (Terra Australis), but hey, Easter Island is a nice second prize 🙂
De reis van Mr. Jacob Roggeveen ter ontdekking van het Zuidland 1721-1722
Easter Island Moai, Storm King Art Center

In 1946 after an occupation of 11 months, Soviet troops leave the Danish island of Bornholm:
Russen verlaten Bornholm
The Russian occupation of Bornholm is as much linked to the end of WWII, as to the start of the Cold War. Read more about this in the History section of the Wikipedia article.

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