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Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.

Album: Various artists, 100 Soul Classics, (Atlantic Gold)

The lady is standing up to applaud because she has no alternative. This is not the first time Atlantic has repackaged its R&B back catalogue, but it is one of the best.

Album: Terry Lynn, Kingstonlogic 2.0 (Phree Music)

"I'm a child of the soil/ I was born in the ghetto/ Where the gangstas roll by and then gunshot echo" is, perhaps, not the most welcoming of opening couplets, but at least you know where you stand with "the Jamaican MIA". Throughout Lynn's debut, there are electro-pop beats, hard-hitting lyrics and all manner of attention-grabbing blips and bleeps. What there's not, at any point, is the melodic counterpart of a bassline or two. Or maybe it's me who's missing something.

John Rentoul: Can we use Twitter to break the Political-Nerd Ghetto?

Latest in my occasional series of headline questions to which the answer is No.

Fairy tales from a time of evil

Jewish artist Bruno Schulz was ordered to paint a nursery for a Nazi officer before he was murdered. After being hidden for decades, his touching final work has gone on show in Jerusalem. Donald Macintyre reports

My Style: Arieta Mujay

<a href="http://larry-ryan.livejournal.com/1748.html">Larry Ryan: See 'Imagine This' for free tonight (maybe)</a>

Imagine This is a musical which recently opened at the New London Theatre. The show is a big schmaltzy West End affair that happens to be set in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. Aside from some pretty bad reviews - writing for this paper Michael Coveney awarded it one star out of five - the setting of the musical has unsurprisingly caused some controversy. This morning on the Today programme a nice brewhahah broke out with the musical's producer Beth Trachtenberg facing off against the Evening Standard critic Norman Lebrecht.

Imagine This, New London Theatre, London

Could it get worse at the New London than Gone with the Wind? It could. And it just did. Imagine This is a Holocaust musical that makes Springtime for Hitler look like The Sound of Music. You can have bad taste and call it laughter in the dark, but it's something else when Peter Polycarpou's ghetto leader Daniel staves off the evil moment with a string of Jewish jokes, such as the one about the boy who tells his mother he's playing a Jewish husband in the school play. He's pleased. She's not. "Tell them you want a speaking part," she fumes.

Arson ends Travolta's attempt to bring hope to ghettoes

Filming for a new John Travolta movie in a troubled suburb of Paris has been cancelled after ten stunt cars were destroyed by fire.

The Turnaround, by George Pelecanos

Heart and soul &ndash; but not rap &ndash; in the ghetto

Album: Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Angles (Sunday Best)

Thou shalt not be a one-hit wonder

Eric Burdon & War, Royal Albert Hall, London

The last time Eric Burdon & War played London, 38 years ago, they had a five-night residency at Ronnie Scott's and Jimi Hendrix jammed with them the day before he died. The former lead singer with The Animals and one of the most distinctive voices in rock, Burdon's move to the US in the late Sixties mirrored Hendrix's own relocation to the UK.

Johann Hari: The ideological tug-of-war over our schools

Can you hear the grunts? Can you smell the sweat? There is currently a heaving, ideological tug-of-war between Labour and the Conservatives, with Britain's schools acting as the rope. This contest could decide the life-chances of millions of kids, but you wouldn't know it from the shrieking coverage, which has been reduced to Balls – and balls.

Paul Aron Sandfort: Survivor of the Terez&iacute;n ghetto

Like many Holocaust survivors, Paul Aron Sandfort took some time to talk about his experiences but, when he had come to terms with them, became an impassioned educator, eager to tell especially younger audiences about the Nazis' appalling cruelty – and how human depravity can spark astonishing displays of humour and courage among its victims. Sandfort's vehicle was Brundibár, the children's opera by Hans Krása in which he had performed in Terezín, the ghetto outside Prague that witnessed an extraordinary flowering of culture in the teeth of malnutrition, disease and constant transports to the east.

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