Ghetto Tango: Wartime Yiddish Theater
cdRoots Home Page
More music from
Search for music
Before you order, please read the FAQ

cd cover Adrienne Cooper and Zalmen Mlotek
Ghetto Tango: Wartime Yiddish Theater

The record label says:
In the Jewish ghettos of Poland and Lithuania during World War II, a world of dislocation, terror and death, cabaret music thrived. Jewish audiences gathered in makeshift clubs and theaters to hear newly-created Yiddish songs, rooted in Jewish folk and liturgical music as well as European operetta, American ragtime and Argentine tango. Jewish performers tuned these cosmopolitan songs in a local key satirical and elegiac, political and personal, angry and heartsick. Together they created something rare, scarcely conceivable art at the edge of the abyss.

Adrienne Cooper, one of the world’s most acclaimed singers of Yiddish vocal music, and Zalmen Mlotek, a leading figure in Yiddish musical theater, here present ghetto songs collected during and after the war.

Credit card orders are placed on a secure server.

Please note!
Most CDs have been imported from Europe or Asia. They are not all shrink-wrapped, and I am not going to con you by wrapping them here just to make you think they have been sterilized in America. We guarantee that the CDs and the contents are all brand new and in perfect condition. Whenever I can, I use recycled shipping materials. They may not look as pretty on the outside, but they save money and keep the trash dumps a little bit emptier.