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Anna Shternshis’ “Yiddish Glory” recording of lost Yiddish songs receives wide international news coverage

Anna Shternshis is the the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies and the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science at U of T. Photo: Jackie Shapiro.

Yiddish studies professor Anna Shternshis discovered a collection of lost Yiddish songs at the Ukrainian National Library in Kiev while researching a book about Yiddish culture in the Soviet Union during the Holocaust.

The trove of songs — all very fragile, some typed, but most hand-written on paper — were created during the darkest chapter of European Jewish history.

Those lost lyrics, written by Soviet Jews during the Second World War, were set to music by poet-musician Psoy Korolenko and released earlier this year.

The recording, The Lost Songs of World War II, received an enormous amount of international media attention from Canada, the US, Austria and beyond.

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Performance Highlights

Photos from Yiddish Glory The lost songs of World War IIKoerner Hall,  August 28, 2018.

  • Anna Shternshis is the the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish studies and the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
  • A full house at Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music.
  • Hailed by more than 100 critics and journalists from around the world, Yiddish Glory is an astonishing program of songs written by Jewish lyricists and composers during World War II in the Soviet Union.
  • Yiddish Glory features an elite ensemble comprising world class musicians .