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

Date/Time: Wed 16 Aug / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H


Australian Centre for Jewish Studies

Public Lecture 

Presented by Professor Anna Shternshis, Associate Professor of Yiddish studies and director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto


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.

For further information, please contact Amy Benjamin on 903 5016

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