Lecture 4 (Week 5), semester 1

This week’s lecture introduced you to life and musical practices in the ghettos. What were the ghettos? What was their purpose? How were they organised? In particular we looked at the ghetto(s) of Vilne (Vilnius, Vilna), often referred to in its pre-war heyday as Jerusalem in the North (a name given to it by Napoleon in 1812). We discussed how the extreme conditions of the ghettos affected musical culture there.

Here are some of the links used:

  • ‘Types of ghettos’, Holocaust Encyclopedia, http://www.ushmm.org/ (accessed November 3rd 2015)
  • Performance by Deborah Kayser of ‘Shtiler shtiler’ in arrangement by Joseph Giovinazzo for the documentary Songs they Sang (2010) here
  • Link to Sghmerke Kaczerginski’s Dos gezang fun vilner geto here


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