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Undzer shtetl brennt, yiddish ghetto holocaust song (1938)

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Published on Mar 22, 2008

A song written after the progrom in Przytyk in 1938. During WWII it become an athem of fighting Jews in the Ghettos. The poet Mordechaj Gebirtig appeals to his brothers and sisters not to stand passively and watch helplessy how their town is burning but to seize what they can and put down the fire, even with their own blood.

Mordechaj Gebirtig is one of the most important names linked to Yiddish folk song tradition. With simplicity, humour and warmth, the carpenter from Cracow has created through his songs a document of Kazimierz, the Jewish district of Cracow, with its poverty, despair and misery, as well as love, happiness and hope. The Jewish world of Kazimierz disappeared with the Holocaust. Mordechaj Gebirtig suffered its fate. In 1942 he was shot by Nazis in Cracow ghette, as he was being deported to Belzec death camp.

Performed by Norwegian-Jewish actress and singer Bente Kahan, from the album Farewell Cracow.

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