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A powerful combination of film, text, and performance exploring the birth of modern human rights after the Second World War.  Told through the eyes of Nuremberg prosecutor and champion of the European Convention David Maxwell Fyfe, his words intertwine with musical settings of the poets who inspired him, with a backdrop of
archive film, images, and words.

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'A secular hymn for humanity...one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard



A programme of performances is planned for the run up to the
75th anniversary in 2025
of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights

On-Demand Livestream Now Available

Find out more about the history

The name of our educational wrap-around materials was inspired by a quote about human rights from Helena Kennedy on Radio 4 "the human is in the asking."
We believe the human is in the telling and retelling of the story of David Maxwell Fyfe's journey from Nuremberg to Strasbourg. 

 Watch the Film, Read the Book and listen to the Song Cycle at

The story so far

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10 DECEMBER 2013

Choral settings of Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets sung by a specially assembled Freedom Choir with readings from Maxwell Fyfe's papers performed at St Matthews Westminster.



Hear Sue Casson in conversation with MusicalTalk's Thos Ribbits 

Read Tom Blackmore talking to Three Weeks at
Ed Fringe 2014

The idea of fundamental human rights
is one in which I firmly believe

David Maxwell Fyfe