Mir Zaynen Do is a programme of music and words prepared for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 in Derby, and performed in 2018 in Derby and Sheffield, and in Leicester on Yom HaShoah. In 2019 it comes to Hull. It commemorates those who were murdered in the Holocaust, and through this encourages us to reflect on all those who have suffered from genocide, war and persecution.
The programme is structured around Yiddish songs, most of which were composed or performed in the ghettos that preceded the Nazi death camps. The songs are intermingled with Klezmer tunes, together with brief readings. Translations are provided for the songs.
Mir Zaynen Do is performed by Yoyvl: Phil Tomlinson (songs, mandolin, guitar, piano), Adrian Dobson (accordion), Hannah Monteiro (violin), together with Judy Sherwood (narration).
Songs and texts are drawn from
Yes We Sang : Songs of the Ghettos and Concentration Camps Shoshana Kalisch. Harper&Row
We Are Here :Songs of the Holocaust ed Eleanor Mlotek and Malke Gottlieb, WorkmensCircle
Songs Never Silenced Velvel Pasternak Tara Publications
The Undying Flame: Ballads and Songs of the Holocaust Jerry Silverman , Syracuse University Press
Mordechai Gebirtig: His Poetic and Musical Legacy ed Gertrude Schneider, Praeger
Singing For Survival – Songs of the Lodz Ghetto by Gila Flam
The Aftermath – Living With the Holocaust by Aaron Hass