Four "Lost" Songs from the Great War-- The Life of Mordechai Gebertig, Sara Rosen-- Gebertig's Songs with Scores-- Poems and/or Songs Without Scores-- Transliteration Guide-- Epilogue, Roman Weingarten.
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Mordechai Gebertig was one of the most influential and popular writers of Yiddish songs and poems. Born in 1877, he became a prolific poet and song writer, using everything he saw, heard and knew about people. His legacy, therefore, is not only one of melodies and lyrics, but also a treatise on Jewish life in Poland under the benign neglect of the Austrians, the ever growing hostility of the Poles, and the terror of the Germans, who destroyed the people, their culture, and to a great measure, their memory. Schneider's brings his work to an English-speaking audience, offering a collection of all of his major works, complete with the scores, transliterated Yiddish text, and English translation. Her book offers an insight into the world of Eastern European Jews, their culture and their music. Gebertig's most famous song "Es Brent" - It's Burning - was written in response to a 1938 pogrom. It became a stirring hymn for the survivors of the Holocaust, who felt that the words fit their own situation very well. Gebertig himself was shot in the Cracow Ghetto in June 1942. Neither he nor any of his close family survived the war. However, as this volume shows, his songs and poems remain an enduring voice for a Jewish community nearly lost to the Nazis. They consitute a precious legacy for anyone interested in the world of Eastern Europe Jews, their culture and their music. (source: Nielsen Book Data)