Music

Hermann Leopoldi – Buchenwaldlied

Inside page of the January 1946, no. 1 issue of the Yiddish DP newspaper, ‘Buchenwald: Bulletin of the Buchenwald Youth in France.’ The column on the left is entitled, ‘Our Lives’. At the bottom is a poem called ‘The Song of Buchenwald’ (translated into Yiddish), sung by all the Buchenwald internees. [Photograph #44247]
Source: http://holocaustmusic.ort.org/places/camps/central-europe/buchenwald/
Herman Leopoldi, composer of the Buchenwald song (“Buchenwaldlied”), August 15, 1888 – June 28, 1959. The camp commandant organized a song competition soon after the camp opened. Leopoldi and his partner Fritz Lohner-Beda wrote the winning entry, although a non-Jewish kapo submitted it to the contest. The camp guards would command prisoners to sing the Buchenwaldlied as a way to cover up the sounds of torture and other acts of cruelty and murder. Some prisoners found meaning in this song as a symbol of resistance. Singing of freedom and the future gave them the opportunity to express their hopes for the demise of their captors.

To listen to a recording of the song, please click here.

Av - Nachamu, Jewish Text Art Challenge Galleries

Nachamu Nachamu Ami – The Music

Follow the links below to hear recordings or watch videos of musical arrangements for this month’s Jewish Text Art Challenge. We are always looking to increase the diversity of the art that we showcase. If you have original compositions or can connect us with someone who does, please be in touch!

We will add to this page as our collection grows. Let us know when you hear something that is especially meaningful or moves you.

  1. Pizmon (Co-ed Jewish A Cappella Group – Columbia University, Barnard College, Jewish Theological Seminary) Performs at Edgar M. Bronfman Memorial at Lincoln Center 1/28/2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGyLErU34Sw&feature=youtu.be
  2. Chai Notes (Co-ed Jewish A Cappella Group – Cornell University) Chai Notes alumni song Spring 2016 concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hWw4imCV44&feature=youtu.be