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“Es dremlt in geto” Performed by Sara Rosen

July 4, 2021

Es dremlt in geto / The ghetto is sleepingA Holocaust song sung by Sara Rosen, recorded by Itzik Gottesman, 1989 NYC. ………[Es dremlt in geto] Mir zenen farrigltmit drut un mit krad.Ikh hob a shtetele, s’iż azoy sheyn. Ven ikh derman mekh,es benkt zikh aheym. …….[The ghetto is sleeping.] We are locked in with wire and with chalk.I […]

Lifshe Schaechter-Widman Performs “Ale meydelekh hobn khasene”

June 2, 2021

Ale meydelekh hobn khasene / All the Girls are Getting MarriedA children’s song sung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman, recorded by Leybl Kahn 1954, NYC TRANSLITERATION  LSW’s son, Mordkhe Schaechter, introduces the song: “Nokh a kinderlid” – “Another children’s song.”Ale meydelekh hobn khasene,Eykh blab aleyn.Oy, mame, s’iz avadenit sheyn. Tate, gey afn ben-zukher,un kloyb mir oys a […]

“Zay zhe mir gezint, zay zhe mir gezint” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman

April 23, 2021

Zay zhe mir gezint, zay zhe mir gezint / Fare thee well, fare thee well.A version of “Di goldene pave”, sung by Lifshe Schaecter-Widman (LSW), recorded by Leybl Kahn, NYC 1954 Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This is LSW’s version of the old and popular song more commonly called “Di gildene/goldene pave”, the “Golden Peacock”. It seems […]

“A kheyder” from Simkhe Shvartz’s Kamelyon Theater Performed by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

March 10, 2021

A scene from Simkhe Shvartz’  Kamelyon theater in Chernovitz, Romania early 1930s.As remembered and sung by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman [BSG], recorded by Itzik Gottesman, Bronx 1990s. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman. From right: Simkhe Shvarts, Itzik Manger, Helios Hecht, Rose Auslander, Chernovitz, 1934. Photo from Efrat Gal-Ed Niemandssprache BSG spoken:  Dus iz a sene vus Simkhe Shvarts hot ofgefirt in Chernovitz […]

“Shikhelekh” Performed by Gertrude Singer and Manya Bender

January 22, 2021

“שיכעלעך/Shikhelekh/Shoes” – An early American Yiddish theater song that crossed the Atlantic and came back. First version sung by Gertrude Singer, recorded by Gertrude Nitzberg, Baltimore 1979 from the archive of the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Second version sung by Manya Bender, recorded by Ruth Rubin 1950, NYC, found at the Ruth Rubin Archive, YIVO. Commentary […]

“Senderl (Ayzikl) mayn man” Performed by Rose Serbin and Bella Cutler

November 27, 2020

Senderl (Ayzikl) mayn man / Sender (or Ayzikl) My HusbandTwo versions Sung by Rose Serbin and Bella CutlerRuth Serbin recorded by Ruth Rubin in Patterson, New Jersey, 1956, from Ruth Rubin Archive at the YIVO Sound Archives. Bella Cutler recorded by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, 1988, in Daughters of Jacob Nursing Home, Bronx Bella Cutler version: Rose Serbin version: […]

“Erev-yon-kiper far der nakht”: A Yiddish Murder Ballad Performed by Yetta Seidman

October 1, 2020

Erev-yon-kiper far der nakht / The Eve of Yom Kippur A Yiddish murder ballad sung by Yetta Seidman, recorded by Gertrude Nitzberg for the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1979. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman This is another variant of this once popular 19th century Yiddish murder ballad about a rejected lover shooting his beloved. We have previously […]

“Ziser Got, vi dank ikh dir?” Performed by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman and “Reboyne-shel-oylem vi dank ik dir?” Performed by Freda Lobell

September 25, 2020

Ziser Got, vi dank ikh dir? / Sweet God, How Can I Thank You?Sung by Lifshe Schaechter-Widman (LSW), recorded by Leybl Kahn 1954, with another version, Reboyne-shel-oylem vi dank ik dir? / Master of the Universe How Can I Thank You? sung by Freda Lobell, and recorded by Ruth Rubin 1948 Freda Lobell’s rendition can be […]

“Shluf mayn kind, mayn treyst” Performed by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

August 28, 2020

Shluf mayn kind, mayn treyst/Sleep my child, my comfortAn otherwise unknown alternate melody for Sholem Aleichemś lullaby from Chernovitz, Romania sung by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman Commentary by Itzik Gottesman There are several melodies for this song known commonly as “Sholem Aleichem’s lullaby”, words by the writer Sholem Aleichem (Solomon Rabinovitch, 1859 – 1916). Sholem Aleichem There […]

“Lozt Mikh Arayn!” Performed by Clara Crasner

August 21, 2020

Lozt Mikh Arayn! / Let Me In! A street cry: a plea for a job, sung by Clara Crasner, recorded by Robert Freedman, Philadelphia, 1972.  TRANSLITERATION AND TRANSLATION Lozt mikh arayn! Ikh vel aykh nitslekh zayn. Feyikaytn tsin altsding Tsim lernen a moyekh un tse dem arbetn a koyekh. Un tse dem handlen:  a gants […]