Singing and Laughing Against Fascism: Lost and Found Soviet Songs of World War II
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow – New York) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto) bring to life Yiddish satirical songs of World War II in this 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
2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies. Critical Culture series. In partnership with the Department of Religious Studies