Category : 2010 March (Archive)
Above: Mordecai Gebirtig, born in Krakow in 1877, was a carpenter, but was known as the “troubadour of the Jewish people.” Gebirtig wrote Es Brent in response to a 1936 pogrom in the Polish town of Przytyk, hoping its message would encourage Jews to resist the rising tide of anti-semitic violence. During the war Es Brent was sung throughout the ghettos of Poland and Krakow’s underground Jewish resistance adopted Es Brent as its anthem. In June 1942, Gebirtig was murdered by German soldiers while refusing to comply with a deportation order.
‘Eli, Eli’ Performed by Dudu Fisher & the March of the Living Children’s Choir. Violin: Philippe Quint; Piano: Chanan Elias
Eli, Eli was written by the poet Channa Senesh, who emigrated from Hungary to Israel (then called Palestine) in the 1930s, but returned during the war to fight the Nazis. She wrote Eli, Eli after a walk on Israel’s shoreline near Caesaria. She was executed by the Nazis on Nov. 7, 1944, at the young age of 23.
Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, internationally acclaimed human rights activist, statesman and renowned Prisoner of Zion, who served 9 years in a Siberian labour camp for applying to emigrate to Israel under the Communist regime in the Former Soviet Union.
This song, written by Abie Rotenberg, a child of Holocaust survivors, asks the important question: who will remember and tell the stories of the Holocaust, when the survivors are no longer able to?
This well-known Yiddish folk song was written by Mark Warshawsky (1845-1907) from the Ukraine. The song portrays a rabbi teaching a group of small children the aleph-beis, reminding them gently to listen carefully and to repeat the letters again and again. Over one million children, many of them like the ones described in the song, were murdered in the Holocaust.