YIDDISH GLORY

Yiddish Glory (Russia/Canada)

THE WORLD’S SUPER-BAND PERFORMS LOST JEWISH SONGS

THE LOST SONGS OF WORLD WAR II - THE SOUND OF DEFIANCE, CRUEL REVENGE, LOVE, HOPE AND HUMOUR, THE SONGS WHICH SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN FORGOTTEN.

Without being aware of the story of the album Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II. and the content of the texts we will just listen to the “normal“ Jewish songs sung in Yiddish. However, we do not, only if we know the story, we are able to appreciate an amazing work of a Canadian historian Anna Shternshis, a producer Dan Rosenberg and the international band. It is only thanks to their work that we can hear the voices of Soviet Jews, which were considered to be silenced forever by Hitler and Stalin. 

The team of a Russian Jewish ethnomusicologist and Yiddish scholar Moisei Beregovsky (1892–1961)collected hundreds of Jewish songs during 1930–1940s, and planned to publish an anthology. However, during the post-war outbreak of Soviet anti-Semitism Beregovsky was convicted of "Jewish nationalism" and sent to Gulag. Fortunately, his confiscated archives were returned to his wife.

The collection of recordings, of which 600 were made by Beregovsky, was looted by the Nazis, but returned after the war.

Anna Shternshis, worked with Beregovsky's paper archives, and Yiddish Glory is the result of a multi-year project of Shternshis a Russian singer, musician and composer Psoy Korolenko, known from Daniel Kahn’s band. Most of the selected Holocaust-related songs had only lyrics, and musical solutions for them were suggested by a Russian fiddler Sergei Erdenko, the Loyko trio leader.

And now it is the right time to introduce the songs from Holocaust to you.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.