YIDDISH GLORY:  THE LOST SONGS OF WORLD WAR II

By Igor MALAKHOV, Dan ROSENBERG

GEMMA INTERNATIONAL INC - as PROD

Documentary - Pre-Production 2018

The incredible story of the Yiddish Songbook of Revenge and Songs of the Tulchin Ghetto, how they were collected during the war, confiscated by Stalin, discovered decades later by scholars, and how this music was brought back to life by a musical dream team.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical, Jewish
    • Countries
    • CANADA, UKRAINE, ISRAEL
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Igor MALAKHOV, Dan ROSENBERG
    • Producer(s)
    • Stan WHYTE, Dan ROSENBERG, Igor MALAKHOV
    • Synopsis
    • In the midst of World War II, a group of brave musicologists collected songs from victims and survivors that detailed the war and the Holocaust. Led by Moisey Beregovsky, they found tales of defiance and revenge from refugees and Jewish Red Army soldiers that would go on to defeat the Nazis. 
       
      Shortly after the war, in Stalin’s crackdown on Jewish cultural institutions, the researchers were arrested and their collection was confiscated. Many of them died in prison, thinking their work has been lost to history.
       
      More than half a century later, a tremendous discovery was made in Kiev, Ukraine. In the manuscript department of the Ukrainian National Library, archivists found a number of sealed boxes. Upon examination, it turned out to be the lost collection, Jewish Folk Creativity in the Soviet Union During the Great Patriotic War, which included the Nekome Lider (Songbook of Revenge) and the Tulchin Songbook:  thousands of songs, written by Yiddish-speaking Jews in Ukraine during World War II.
       
      In 2015, University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis and renowned Yiddish singer, Psoy Korolenko embarked on the ambitious journey of reconstructing songs that hadn’t been performed in more than seven decades. These songbooks have been revolutionary in the understanding of how Jews lived during the 1940s.  The songs of defiance, written on small scraps of paper revealed the daily lives and struggles, and how Jewish civilians and soldiers fought and resisted against the Nazis even under the direst of circumstances.
       
      The historical importance of this discovery brought together a dream team of musicians, including award winning vocalists Psoy Korolenko and Sophie Milman, and a host of internationally renowned conservatory-trained virtuosi to defeat historical odds, and resurrected the music which Stalin and Hitler tried to silence.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 11, 2017
    • End of shooting
    • Apr 17, 2018
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