PROLOGUE: FORGETTING

RB

'Yet I am haunted by some words from a song to which we used to listen in more carefree days:

"On fait des serments

Et simplement

On les oublie"

Having propounded high ideals in defeated Germany I feel the responsibility for doing my part to see that they are not forgotten by the victors.'

 

SEC

David Maxwell Fyfe spoke these words in the Hague in 1947.

 

TB

So, how long does it take to forget. Well, as it turns out, in twenty-first century Britain, it takes seventy years

 

SONG

Ne dis pas : toujours,

Car en amour

C’est un blasphème

On ne sait jamais

Si désormais

Vraiment on aime.

On fait des serments

Et simplement

On les oublis.

Ne dis pas toujours,

Car en amour

Rien ne vous lie

 

Do not say always

For in love it's a delusion

Rather say for now,

For time will show it's an illusion,

Promises you make,

and oh so simply you forget

Do not say always

For in Love just as in Life,

No-thing binds you

 

Puisqu’ici bas tout cesse et tout lasse

Même du bonheur on se lasse

Dans d’autres bras un soir on frissonne

Puis sans remords on s’abandonne

 

Do not say always

Car en amour

C’est un blasphème

On ne sait jamais     Rather say for now

Si désormais     For time will show

Vraiment on aime.     It's an illusion

On fait des serments     Promises you make

Et simplement     And oh so simply

On les oublis     Break them

Ne dis pas toujours,      Do not say always

Car en amour

Rien ne vous lie      Nothing binds you

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