Jesus from Hut 7




Jesus from Hut 7 is an art song from the Cracked Voices song cycle, set for baritone and piano written by Graham Palmer and Jenni Pinnock.

Programme note

Klaus Kellner was not sulky, nor argumentative, and seemed to fit in fairly well with the other prisoners in his hut. Then, quite suddenly he ‘got religion’. He let his hair grow long, and in this age of cropped heads, his mane of copper locks looked distinctly odd. He gave up shaving, and soon had a full reddish tinged beard. He wrote out such bits of the Bible as he could remember and he bound them together with two bits of cardboard. Armed with this, he went from hut to hut attempting to preach. Most of the time he was kicked out, either verbally, or even sometimes physically, but he bore no malice. He forgave them, he said, as he picked himself up from the ground outside the huts, and he inevitably returned later. In time, he came to be known as ‘Jesus from Hut 7’ and in his appearance and manner, he grew more and more like one of the ancient Prophets.
Alfred J Christiansen, POW in Camp 29