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Songs in Dark Times

Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674248458

Publication Date: 11/24/2020


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 photos


  • Preface: The Optimists
  • Introduction: Yiddish Passwords in the Age of Internationalism
  • 1. From the Yangtze to the Black Sea: Esther Shumiatcher’s Travels
  • 2. Angry Winds: Jewish Leftists and the Challenge of Palestine
  • 3. Scottsboro Cross: Translating Pogroms to Lynchings
  • 4. No Pasarán: Jewish Collective Memory in the Spanish Civil War
  • 5. My Songs, My Dumas: Rewriting Ukraine
  • 6. Teshuvah: Moishe Nadir’s Relocated Passwords
  • Afterword: Kaddish
  • Appendix: Poems from the Age of Internationalism
    • H. Leivick, “A Sacco-Vanzetti Year”
    • Esther Shumiatcher, “At the Border of China”
    • Moyshe Teyf, “Sing, Desert Wind”
    • Shifre Vays, “Accusations”
    • Malka Lee, “God’s Black Lamb”
    • Peretz Markish, “Spain”
    • Aaron Kurtz, “Kol Nidre”
    • Dovid Hofshteyn, “Ukraine” (1944)
    • Moishe Nadir, “Closer”
    • Aaron Kurtz, “Kaddish”
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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