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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32Jews and Music-Making in the Polish Lands$
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François Guesnet, Benjamin Matis, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764739

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764739.001.0001

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Music as a ‘Paper Bridge’ between Generations before and after the Holocaust

Music as a ‘Paper Bridge’ between Generations before and after the Holocaust

(p.451) Music as a ‘Paper Bridge’ between Generations before and after the Holocaust
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how music produced in Vilna before the war provided a bridge to the post-war Jewish generation in Poland. It analyzes the poem written by Kadya Molodowsky in 1942 about the bridge that ordinary people build with honest hands and in pureness of heart. It mentions the Jew's use of the word khurbn for the Holocaust, which is the same term used to describe the destruction of the First and Second Temples. The chapter focuses on performing artists and musicians from Vilna that aim to develop performance skills that are linked to general European music, which can be seen as an expression of post-Haskalah tendencies. It talks about Rafael Rubinstein, who became a director of the reactivated music institute in Russia and returned to Vilna after the Bolshevik revolution in order to aid the Jewish Music Institute.

Keywords:   Vilna, post-war Jews, Jewish generation, Poland, Kadya Molodowsky, Jewish Music Institute, Rafael Rubinstein

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