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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Mordechai Gebirtig: The Folk Song and the Cabaret Song

Mordechai Gebirtig: The Folk Song and the Cabaret Song

(p.107) Mordechai Gebirtig: The Folk Song and the Cabaret Song
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Natan Gross

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details how Mordechai Gebirtig engraved his name on the history of Jewish cabaret in Poland between the wars. Every singer had his songs in his or her repertoire. These songs spread from the cabaret stages (kleynkunstbine) of Łódź and Warsaw to all of Poland and to the entire Jewish world. Even today they are alive on the stage and in Jewish homes; they are an indispensable part of the repertoire of Jewish singers. They are also arousing increasing interest among non-Jewish audiences in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States. Since the destruction of European Jewry, these songs have become a crucial means of learning about Jewish folklore and the life of the Jewish poor, matters inadequately recorded in Yiddish literature and other sources.

Keywords:   Mordechai Gebirtig, Jewish cabaret, Poland, cabaret stages, kleynkunstbine, Jewish world, Jewish singers, European Jewry, Jewish folklore, Jewish folk song

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