This album presents a selection of favourite Irish and Jewish songs featuring melodies from the Yiddish theatre. The themes – love, laments, celebrations and “craic” (Irish for good fun) – weave a thread of commonality between the Irish and the Jewish cultures. There are unique Irish interpretations of Jewish songs which employ traditional Irish musical instruments.
“Most of the songs are very old and many are no longer heard in public. Commemorating the shared experiences of the two peoples over the centuries and the special cultural blend of Irish Jews. This theme is developed by the unique Irish interpretations of the Jewish songs which employ traditional Irish musical instruments to interpret the texts”. Carl Nelkin
The album is a collection of songs of the ghettos and Jewish partisan groups of Europe during the Holocaust.
How is it possible to sing about the Holocaust? Why did people compose such songs? Who sang? Who listened?
Despite persecution and brutalization, two fundamental human qualities were never extinguished during the Holocaust: sentiment and hope. It is these qualities that have always given rise to great works of art, literature and music. There is a long history of singing in the face of adversity. Wars, hard times, natural disasters, slavery, pogroms and discrimination have always inspired the victims or the witnesses to chronicle those events. The Holocaust pushed this need for love and hope (and witness) to a degree never before imagined or experienced. One of the most remarkable aspects of life in the ghetto was the determination of its inhabitants to permit nothing to interrupt their cultural activities.
Shalom Ireland is a popular account of the social life of Irish Jews from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Most of the story is concentrated in Dublin where almost 90 per cent of the entire Irish Jewish community settled. Until the late nineteenth century, there were only a small number of Jews in Ireland, but then came a great influx from Tsarist Russia.
Ray Rivlin follows the fortunes of Irish Jews from their arrival as immigrants in the 1880s with no english, no money and no means of livelihood, through their establishment as a thriving community, to their slow decline, and on to the present revival.
Hardcover: 302 pages
Publisher: Gill & MacMillan, Ltd. (Ireland) (January 2003)
The heart of ‘Dublin’s little Jerusalem’ was Clanbrassil Street. Nick Harris was born near by, ninety years ago, and in this lively memoir he tells of its characters and customs from the inside.
Mostly refugees from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Dublin’s Jews were determined to succeed in their new lives, full of initiative and willing to work all hours.
Nick’s very religious parents had emigrated from Russia. During a long and active life he established a successful clothing manufacturing business and was and is deeply involved in numerous Jewish and non-Jewish charities. Read with him, as he walks you through his memories in this easy-reading paperback.
Paperback Publisher: A & A Farmar
Faraway Home – an exciting and moving Second World War story, set in Vienna, Dublin and Northern Ireland, and based on true events.
Faraway Home describing the real experiences of young refugees who came to Northern Ireland during World War Two.
Winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award 2000, was also selected for the Annual Blue Peter Book Awards 2001 in UK and included in the Notable Children’s Book of Jewish Content: the Best of the Bunch from 2000.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: O’Brien Press (November 2000) Language: English
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: A.& A.Farmar (12 Dec 2007)