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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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The Sound of Change

The Sound of Change

Performing ‘Jewishness’ in Small Polish Towns

(p.477) The Sound of Change
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 32

Eleanor Shapiro

Liverpool University Press

This chapter observes the local manifestations of klezmer revival in Chmielnik, Lelów, and Szczekociny. It analyzes how the festivals and musical performances in the three cities contribute to an environment that encourages people to speak the unspoken. It also addresses the significance of a Jewish performance in a small Polish town that opens a cultural space for thinking in new ways about social identity and community. The chapter explains how a repertoire of particularly Jewish music influence the audience's perception of a town's past and future, as well as how festivals contribute to the social changes. It talks about small-town events with Jewish themes that focus on culture and draws on theatre, dance, film, and food, in addition to music.

Keywords:   klezmer revival, Chmielnik, Lelów, Szczekociny, Jewish performance

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