Machine Guns and Orphans: Soviet Yiddish Music of World War II // Public Lecture

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Date(s) - 16/08/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H Monash Caulfield Campus



During World War II, a group of committed ethnomusicologists, led by Moisei Beregovsky, collected thousands of Yiddish songs from Soviet Jews living through the Holocaust, surviving in the Soviet Central Asia or fighting in the Red Army. The plan was to publish a book documenting how Jewish folklore made sense of the war. But the collection was lost, and only recently surfaced in Ukraine. The lecture discusses these treasures and suggests how these materials change our perception of the history of World War II and the Holocaust.


Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies and is the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (D.Phil) in Modern Languages and Literatures from Oxford University in 2001.

Shternshis is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006) and When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).


No prior bookings, Free admission

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