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2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies

Singing and Laughing Against Fascism: Lost and Found Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II

2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies: The Department of Religious Studies in conjunction with the Socrates Project presents Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow-New York) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto). Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Aug 26, 2019

This event will bring to life Yiddish satirical songs of World War II in an all-new lecture-concert program. The event features previously unknown songs that were accidentally discovered in the basement of the Ukrainian National Library in the 1990s. Collected by Moisei Beregovsky and other academics of the Kiev Cabinet for Jewish Culture, they had been confiscated and hidden by the Soviet authorities in 1949. The songs tell stories of how Soviet Jews lived and died under the German occupation, used humour to document and ridicule Nazi atrocities, and kept up their spirits as they fought in the Red Army and worked on the home front. 

“Haunting.... Remarkable.” – CBC’s As It Happens

When: Wed, October, 23 2019, 7 – 9 p.m. EDT
Where:  Concert Hall, L.R. Wilson Hall, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

FREE and open to the public: Register Now!

2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies. Critical Culture series. A partnership between The Socrates Project and the Department of Religious Studies