The Song Remains

People of the Warsaw Ghetto merged with a map of the Nazi occupation of Poland

דאָס ליד איז געבליבן

Capital I recall in prison when I took the book into my hands / and silently embraced the wealth of ideas / a holy shiver trembled in me / when opening Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital” Read more…
About Sholem Zhirman Sholem Zhirman (1909-1941) was born in Vilnius, and worked as a carpenter in his father’s workshop. He was jailed on several occasions for his activities in the revolutionary movement. He published his first poems in Warsaw’s Literarishe Tribune. He was confined in the Bereza Kartuska concentration camp between 1933 and 1939, where he contracted tuberculosis… Read more…
To Sholem Aleykhem Great writer, our writer / bright eyed so deep the shine / On your mild and tender smile / there is a shadowed quiet cry. Read more…
About Yakov (Dzhek) Gordon Yakov (Dzhek) Gordon was born in Bialystok in 1914. He was killed as a partisan in the woods around Białystok. Several of his poems were published in the anthology Lider fun di getos un lagern (Poems from the ghettos and camps). Not much is known about his life. Read more…
What Does This Old Gray Jew Want From Me? What does this old gray Jew want from me / who comes to me to visit every night / and weighs me down with sadness and dark fears / with eyes black holes with tears Read more…
About Kalman Lis Kalman Lis (1903-1942) was born in Kovel, Volhynia, in modern day Ukraine, to a family with rural roots. Lis studied in a traditional kheder, then in a Polish gymnazie, and in Vilnius and Warsaw high schools. He specialized in the care of Special Needs Children. From 1937 until his death, he was in charge of… Read more…
About Miryem (Miriam) Ulinover Miryem (Miriam) Ulinover nee Hirshbein (1890-1944) was born in Łódź, educated traditionally and finished Folkshul. She was one of a very few Orthodox Jewish women poets in her time. As she was orphaned young, she was raised by her beloved Grandmother. Ulinover was a very popular poet in Łódź, who wrote about everyday things. She… Read more…
My Way through Life My way through life, was through / Years of injustice and bitter suffering and anger / In my young life I struggled through / years of epidemics and hunger Read more…
About Y L Kohn Y L Kohn (1905-1940) was born in Warsaw, and worked as a metal worker. He wrote children’s literature as well as poetry, mainly in publications of the Bund. He was killed in Russia in 1941. Read more…
Łódź My friend the dreaming poet / is full of sunset wine, / On his flute he sadly plays / the song of loss of better days and time Read more…