13 2019

Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II

7:30PM - 9:30PM  

Rutgers University, Douglass Student Center 100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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In the early 1940s, a group of Soviet scholars began a remarkable project: gathering and safeguarding songs written by Jews who were facing annihilation during the Holocaust. Answering the call in Yiddish newspapers, handwritten song submissions came pouring in from Jews across Russia, Ukraine, and beyond—a testament to Jewish life in the Soviet Union during a tragic era. In 1949, however, the collection was confiscated and hidden by the Soviet government and remained lost and unknown to the world until the 1990s, when it was accidentally discovered in the basement of the Ukrainian National Library. In 2018, historian Anna Shternshis and singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko revived the songs for their CD, Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album.” Now, Korolenko and Shternshis bring these long lost songs to life in this all-new concert and lecture program.


FREE PARKING: All guests attending this event must register their vehicle in order to park in a Rutgers parking lot. Once you RSVP, you will be prompted to enter your vehicle information through a specific link.

Sponsor: The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University