Bente Kahan Sings Mordechai Gebirtig
A dramatic concert, Bente Kahan depicts, through her musical interpretation, the characters Gebirtig recreated in his songs. She is accompanied by Dariusz Swinoga, accordion, and Miroslaw Kuzniak, violin.
The concert premiered in Warsaw, Poland in 1992, and since then has been shown more that 200 times on stages in many European countries, the USA and Israel.
Mordechai Gebiritg is one of the most important names linked to Yiddish folk-song tradition.
With simplicity, humour and warmth, the carpenter from Cracow has created through his songs a documentary of the people of Kazimierz, the Jewish quarter in Cracow, with its poverty, despair and misery, as well as love, happiness and hope. The Jewish world of Kazimierz disappeared with the Holocaust. Mordechai Gebirtig suffered its fate. In 1942 he was shot by the Nazis in Cracow ghetto, as he was being deported to Belzec death camp.