Boris Savchuk | Kinder Yorn

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Kinder Yorn

by Boris Savchuk

A poignant Yiddish melody expressing the nostalgia and yearning for the purity and simplicity of childhood.
Genre: World: Yiddish
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A poignant Yiddish melody expressing the nostalgia and yearning for the purity and simplicity of childhood.

Kinder Yorn AKA Kinder Yoren was composed by Moredechai Gebirtig between 1920 and 1936. Gebirtig was born in Krakow in 1877 and was drawn to poetry, music, and theatre. He composed many works that were then transformed into songs and plays describing Jewish life in Poland before the Holocaust. His writings became immensely popular and he published his first book of poetry in 1920. His friends published another volume in 1936. He was described as the perfect Jewish folk poet. It was his close friend and musician Julian Hoffmann who recorded and transcribed his music.

As the Nazis rose to power and World War II became a reality, Jews were expelled from the city of Krakow. Gebirtig moved with his wife and daughters to a nearby village where they suffered a miserable existence. He gave many of his early priceless manuscripts to his friend Hoffmann, who managed to preserve them throughout the war. During this period, his poems were full of despair. When the daily deportations of Jews began in January, 1942, his songs became increasingly hopeless.

In March, 1942, he and his family were moved to the Krakow ghetto where he continued to compose. In the ghetto he was reunited with many of his artist friends. In the last week of May, he met his friend Hoffmann’s daughter, giving her the material he had composed since he was sent away from Krakow.

On June 4, the Nazis surrounded the ghetto and evacuated the Jews to cattle cars. All those too slow or weak to keep up were shot. Gebirtig and his wife were among the first Jews to die. His daughters managed to survive the war in hiding.

A collection of his manuscripts was obtained in 1976 from Julia Hoffmann by the YIVO Institute in New York City including the manuscript of Kinder Yorn.

Boris Savchuk, a virtuoso violinist, was born in the Ukraine and began studying music at the age of six. He is classically trained, and plays viola and violin. Boris immigrated with his family to Israel in the fall of 1990 where he now lives near Ashdod.

Boris is an Israeli performance and recording artist renowned for playing Klezmer, Yiddish, Chassidic, and Traditional Jewish music rooted in Eastern European culture.

Boris takes us “home” to the worlds beyond words with sensitivity and grace. His rendition of Kinder Yorn represents a phenomenal cultural treasure which is surprising in its sophistication and details. Boris explores every nuance with profound empathy, virtuosity, strength, and tenderness.

More information about Boris can be found at borisviolin.com

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