A Song Of Hope For Pittsburgh!

For our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh:

Never Say You Have Reached the End Of The Road

The words of the Partisans’ Song, Zog Nit Keynmol, written by Hirsh Glik in the Vilna ghetto in 1943, again offer us hope when our situation appears to suggest none! Just as in the darkest days of the Holocaust, we call out – Mir Zaynen Do! – We Are Here!  

WE WILL SURVIVE!

Cantor Hershel Fox

Cantor Hershel Fox

Zog Nit Keynmol – Video source: youtu.be/koA7fpGxRgw

The Partisan Poem – Never Say

The Partisan Poem – Never Say

Freydl Mrocki recites the poem – Zog Nit Keynmol – in English. Written by Hirsh Glik in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943.  Video source: youtu.be/9gS7c4iNCI0

Never say that there is only death for you,
Though leaden skies may be concealing days of blue,
Because the hour we have hungered for near;
Beneath our tread the earth shall tremble — we are here!

From land of palm tree to the far-off land of snow,
We shall be coming with our torment and our woe;
And everywhere our blood has sunk into the earth,
Shall our bravery, our vigor blossom forth.

We’ll have the morning sun to set our day aglow,
And all our yesterdays shall vanish with the foe;
And if the time is long before the sun appears,
Then let this song go like a signal through the years.

This song was written with blood and not with lead;
It’s not a song that summer birds sing overhead;
It was a people among toppling barricades,
That sang this song of ours with pistols and grenades.

Never say that there is only death for you,
Though leaden skies may be concealing days of blue,
Because the hour we have hungered for is near;
Beneath our tread the earth shall tremble, — we are here!

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Yom Hashoah – Zog Nit Keynmol

We offer hope using video footage from The Partisans’ Song Project.  Video source: youtu.be/SvNoyReKxO0

Eli Rabinowitz

Perth, Australia

October 2018

The 60th Yahrzeit of Isocher Zeldin

Socher’s passport. He was born in Dvinsk (today Daugavpils)  Latvia
 
 
He passed away in Cape Town on Guy Fawkes Day – 5 November 1958
 
He re-established himself and his family  in Cape Town South Africa
 
On Muizenberg Beach
 Socher’s descendants around the world
 
Socher and Chasa Zeldin
and their six daughters  left Riga for South Africa between 1927 to 1937.
Two sons were left behind. Moisey died in the Holocaust, David survived.
 
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Socher and Chasa, their 5 married daughters and their husbands.
 
Socher’s other children
Moisey?
David Zeldin
Chana Zeldin

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11 of the 15 his Cape Town grandchildren.

Leon Spiller’s Barmitzvah – Socher is not in the photo!
 
With his mate Charlie Slivkin
 
Socher passed away on Guy Fawkes Day – 5 Nov 1958 aged 77.
 
Family reunion in Cape Town in the 80s
 
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Socher’s late grandson Mendel and Mendel’s daughter Bella, Mendel’s nieces Alla &  Mira, and Mendel’s great niece Angela.
 
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Socher’s 2 x great grand daughter Lucy’s wedding in NY in 2010
 
Socher’s grand daughter Zara and her late brother Mendel’s NY & Toronto families in 2017
Socher’s grand daughter  Zara, her daughters Mira and Alla and Avram-Yakov in Toronto
In Brooklyn NY with Bella, Lucy, Estee, Jonathan, Alex & my brother Michael – meeting for the first time.
 
 
 
 

SJM Lecture – WE ARE HERE! Project

The Partisan Song Project – WE ARE HERE!
The Sydney Jewish Museum

 10 October 2018

Lunchtime Lecture – The Partisan Song Project: We Are Here

The Partisans’ Song, written by Hirsh Glik, age 22, in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943, is one of the most powerful songs of resistance and defiance ever written.

Source: sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/shop/events/lunchtime-lecture-partisan-song-project/

Zog Nit Keynmol – Bettina and Nogah

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Bettina & Nogah singing Zog Nit Keynmol at the Sydney Jewish Museum 10 October 2018

Source: youtu.be/Prnb7Mc5LDs

Some of my slides

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Photos by Avi Abelsohn

Slideshow:
The Meaning And Significance Of The Partisans’ Song

The Meaning And Significance Of The Partisans’ Song

A Video For Teachers MENU: Introduction – SABC TV Why is singing the song so Important? – Phillip Maisel Defiance Trailer – Bielski Jewish Partisans Soviet N…

Source: youtu.be/NRcGcNGrYWo

Genres:
The Partisans’ Song – Genres

The Partisans’ Song – Genres

A Video For Teachers MENU: The Melody – Pokrass Brothers Original Russian Soundtrack Irish Folk Band – The Rathmines Japanese Version – Isao Oiwa Kugelplex K…

Source: youtu.be/_qeCD6lmMIM

WE ARE HERE! For Upstanders

WE ARE HERE! For Upstanders

Source: wah.foundation

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Eva Engel OAM

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Harry’s 16th Yahrzeit

Today has been the 16th yahrzeit of my dad, Cantor Hirsh Zvi (Harry) Rabinowitz

With Jill in shul at yahrzeit memorial board

Leading Maariv Service at CHABAD Noranda 

Harry’s abridged ancestral family tree (extends to over 20 generations)

Harry was born in Volksrust, Transvaal,  South Africa on 28 September 1914.

Volksrust – Wikipedia

Volksrust is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa near the KwaZulu-Natal provincial border, some 240 km southeast of Johannesburg, 53 km north of Newcastle and 80 km southeast of Standerton.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksrust

Here is a collection of images to remember him on his yahrzeit.

With his parents and two older brothers Leib and Isaac, who were born in Jerusalem.

His two younger sisters Rachel and Sarah were born in Cape Town.

 

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Harry was a musician and cantor, a baritone who sang in many languages in concerts, recitals, operattas and on radio

Here is a small selection from his scrapbook:

 

On the radio

He was often accompanied by his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist.

Harry made a record of Popular Yiddish Melodies with Solly Aronowsky’s orchestra on His Masters Voice

Chazonim Oif Probe – an entertaining track from the LP

To hear more sound clips, go to the bottom of this page and click on the  image.

A review

With my mother, Rachel

With me, my mom, aunty Rachel and my bobba, Chana Chesha Miriam

With other world class chazonim in Johannesburg, including Moshe Stern and Johnny Gluck.

Singing with his choir

His matseva at West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg

To hear more sound clips of Harry (plus others) including Chief Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz, click on this image below:

Lunchtime Lecture – The Partisan Song Project: WE ARE HERE!

Lunchtime Lecture: The Partisan Song Project – WE ARE HERE!
The Sydney Jewish Museum

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 – 1:15pm

Lunchtime Lecture – The Partisan Song Project: We Are Here

The Partisans’ Song, written by Hirsh Glik, age 22, in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943, is one of the most powerful songs of resistance and defiance ever written.

Source: sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/shop/events/lunchtime-lecture-partisan-song-project/