Donnerstag, 8. November 2018

Alberto Mizrahi - Die Stimme der Synagoge (Andor Izsák, Gerhard Dickel, Chor Peter und Paul)

Today we remember the anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany and Austria on 9 to 10 November 1938, also known as "Novemberpogrome", "Reichskristallnacht", "Reichspogromnacht" or "Pogromnacht" in German.

During the "Progromnacht" on 9 to 10 November 1938, in a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 99 Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. 267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. This was done by the Hitler Youth, Gestapo, SS and SA.

The world of Jewish music is one of great diversity. Speaking of it nowadays, we tend to think of the instrumental music of east European Jewish folk musicians, the klezmorim. Recently different forms of Jewish folk music and Israeli folklore have become very popular. The eastern Jewish culture created its own world of musical expression with its Yiddish folklore. The great longing of people n the ghettos of Rusia expressed itself in these songs.

But it is not only folk musical tradition to which we can look back. There existed also a classical liturgical Jewish culture whose art and form was characteristic of Jewish religious life in central and eastern Europe. With the Holocaust, knowledge of the rich musical life which shaped Jewish liturgy in both family and synagogue disappeared almost completely from public awareness. Very few today know of the European synagogue music in bloom in the 19th and early 20th century.

This album features synagogue music with the cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Chicago.

1. Mah Tovu (Wie schön sind...)
2. Mismor Lesodo (Psalm zum Dankopfer)
3. Vajehi Binsoa (Wenn die Lade aufbrach)
4. Ani Ma Amin (Ich glaube)
5. Enosch, K'chozir Jomow (Des Menschen Tage sind wie Gras)
6. El Male Rachamim (Herr voller Barmherzigkeit)
7. Kaddisch (Heilig)
8. Uwenucho Jomar (Und wenn sie sich niederließ, sprach er)
9. Adon Olom (Herr der Welt (Adon)
10. Halalujoh (Lobet den Herren)

Alberto Mizrahi - Die Stimme der Synagoge
(256 kbps, cover art included)

4 Kommentare:

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

A sheynem dank and toda raba (I don't have a keyboard with Hebrew script) for your posts of Jewish and especially Yiddish music. As an aside, I experienced a recent external drive crash and lost mush of the music and other recordings I had obtained from this site. Your maintenance of older links and re-posts have helped me recover much of what I lost from my Zero G Sound folder. Fortunately I had burned the music from the Wolf Biermann, Tom Liwa, and several other posts which minimized the loss.

Thanks also for the audio book "Freunde Sterben Nicht" by Markus Wolf. I am especially glad to recover it and will be purchasing the complete book after I re-listen to the audio book. My visits to this blog are always a joyful journey of discovery for me.

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for your feedback. Sorry about your hard drive crash - if you lost any music form this blog and you are missing a working link, please give me a notice and i will try to re-up it. Greetings!

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

I have already been able to recover a great deal of the music but thanks for the offer.

To see a German blog covering Jewish music in Yiddish and other languages so often and in such depth, is an important and profoundly moving statement in era in which there are still Holocaust deniers in this and other countries. The series on the music from the music from the Konzentrationslager was especially powerful. The realization of the humanity, artistic talent, and countless lives extinguished, and, too, the contributions on so many fronts that might have been from the Jewish populations who were betrayed by their governments’ acquiescence to the madness of the Zeit der Nazis Rege or Zeit des Nationalsozialismus were overwhelming emotionally for me and left me haunted.

Although you have already had a post or two about the Holocaust against the Roma, I hope the posts are re-posted. Your work on this blog is one more important effort to ensure that we never forget. I wish that there were similar coverage on blogs in this country of the horrific bombings of Hamburg, Dresden, etc, in Germany, and the devastation wrought upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the long-lasting effects of radiation on those who survived. Instead, we jingoistically prattle on about the Good War and remember our “warriors”, rather than our soldiers, for their heroism, altruism, and sacrifice without seriously questioning or even just acknowledging the horror of warfare on all sides and, in particular, the devastating impact on civilian populations. For example, we in this country state that the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were essential to forcing the surrender of the Japanese government. Maybe so, but to never assess the immediate and long-term impact on the civilian populations of those cities or Dresden, Hamburg, etc. is a sanitization of those events and their aftermath that allows us to leave our own actions unexamined. It is easy, if you will effortless, for us to denounce the crimes of Hitler and National Socialism. It is far more difficult to acknowledge or question our own actions, such as the creation of a vortex of fire in and destruction of Dresden and Hamburg, and contemplate the moral and ethical price we pay even when we are necessarily opposing the most despicable of regimes.

The semantic distinction between the current term of art in this country "warriors" and soldiers is important to me. Warriors implies a constant state of war and unquestioning praise for a professional class committed to implementing it. Soldiers implies those who enter the military either through volunteering or conscription for their country's defense.

My uncle was captured by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Counteroffensive, and was a prisoner of war until the war's end. For years, he wouldn't talk about his experiences. For Christmas one year, I gave my father, who served in the post-war reconstruction in England and Germany, a copy of Stud's Terkel's "The Good War" in which Terkel interviewed combatants from all sides of the conflict. My father gave the book to my uncle and for the first time, my uncle spoke about his experience. He rejected any claim to heroism by explaining that he was a very young man captured like so many others in the chaos of battle. I asked him how the German treated him. He responded that the Germans were young men like him, in many cases, conscripted to serve their country. He explained that there was little food for the prisoners but that the Germans, also, lacked food. Given his incarceration for so many months, I was surprised by his empathy. He believed in the cause for which he fought and despised the Reich but refused to demonize young Germans who, like him, were conscripted to serve their country, and he regarded them as being in a similar situation to him.

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

This Armistice or, in this country, Veteran’s Day, I think of my uncle, my father, and my cousin who was killed in Vietnam at age 20. I am grateful for their service, sacrifice, and the hardships they endured, but I’ll be damned if I dehumanize them and make them cartoon characters by describing them as “our warriors.” They were average citizens called upon to serve. The two who returned would resume civilian lives, marry, raise families, and work to put their military experiences in perspective. I also think of the late Hans Massaquoi’s biography “Destined to Witness” in which he, a biracial German with a Liberian father and German mother parents, describes the shock of being classified as a non-Aryan in his own country during the Nazi era. Equally important, he also described living through the bombing of Hamburg, a city in which he and his mother lived after his father returned to Liberia. I think, too, about former prisoner of war Kurt Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse Five. Lastly, I think of the many victims of wars, but especially the Jews, Roma, Armenians, Bosnians, and indigenous Americans and Australians against whom genocide was committed, and also countless European, Russian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Iraqi, Afghans and other civilian victims of the wars in which we have engaged, and those who have served and return home with shattered bodies and/or minds to a country celebrating them as warriors, but less than willing to assume an increased burden through taxation and provision of social services to ensure that they are able to recover as much as possible and re-acclimate to civilian life. I naively hope for a decrease in all countries’ willingness to engage in war or directly or indirectly support it elsewhere. I will play the Jewish music of your recent posts to memorialize those who were slaughtered in the most egregious of the several examples of man’s inhumanity to man in the name of ideology and doctrine in the twentieth century. Vielen Dank für alles, was Sie tun.

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