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‘LIVING UNDER A CLOUD OF FEAR’

May 6, 2017

In his memoirs ’Chronicles’ Bob Dylan tells that his father was stricken with polio and it kept him out of The Second World War. But all his uncles had gone and come back alive.
…”They returned to civilian life as if nothing ever happenend, never said a word about what they did or what they saw.” …
…“In 1951 I was going to grade school. One of the things we were trained to do was to hide and take cover under our desks when the air-raid sirens blew because the Russians could attack us with bombs. We were also told that the Russians could be parachuting from planes over our town at any time. These were the same Russians that my uncles had fought alongside only a few years earlier. Now they had become monsters who were coming to slit our throats and incinerate us. It seemed peculiar. Living under a cloud of fear like this robs a child of his spirit. It’s one thing to be afraid when someone’s holding a shotgun on you, but it’s another thing to be afraid of something that’s just not quite real. There were a lot of folks around who took this threat seriously, though, and it rubbed off on you. It was easy to become a victim of their strange fantasy.“…

SOURCE: Bob Dylan ‘Chronicles’ page 29.

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