“My Song Ends but My Singing Never Stops: Calls for Justice in the Yiddish Music of the Holocaust in Ukraine,” with Anna Shternshis

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on July 7, 2021

Based on recently discovered archival documents, this lecture examines amateur Yiddish music created during the 1940s in Nazi-occupied Ukraine.
The program featured songs that document atrocities, as well as the stories of individuals who created the first Jewish eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust in Ukraine through music.
Presented as part of YIDSTOCK 2021 and the Yiddish Book Center’s Decade of Discovery initiative, whose theme for 2021 is Yiddish and Social Justice.

Anna Shternshis is the Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish studies and director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her doctoral degree (DPhil) from Oxford University in 2001. Shternshis is the author of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 - 1939 (Indiana UP, 2006) and When Sonia Met Boris: An Oral History of Jewish Life under Stalin (Oxford UP, 2017).  Together with artist Psoy Korolenko, Shternshis created and directed the Grammy-nominated Yiddish Glory project, an initiative that brought back to life forgotten Yiddish music written during the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. A recipient of 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship, she is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Last Yiddish Heroes: A Lost and Found Archive of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union about Yiddish music created in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. 


Made possible with the generous support from the Stanley R. Epstein Memorial Fund For Programs.

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