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Published on Sep 7, 2009
Jacques Brel knew he was dying when he wrote and recorded "Jaurès" for his last album, "Les Marquises," in 1977. Jean Jaurès (1859-1914) was a French socialist who opposed worker abuse and an anti-militarist who struggled to prevent the so-called Great War through diplomacy. He was making progress in the final weeks before the war began. Naturally, he was assassinated. The Black Veils here present their faithful and respectful translation of Brel's masterful portrayal. Todd (Cienfuegos), one-half of the Black Veils, dedicates this video to his late father Charles Robert Heller. It includes contemporary period Heller family photographs from France.