Singing the Memory: Post-Holocaust Songs in Israel

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Richly varied, Israeli song plays an important role in the preservation of private and collective memory of the Holocaust. The repertoire ranges from popular to art songs, some are well known sung by children and adults alike, others are buried in diaries and memoirs. These songs reflect humanity, faith, hope, the moral dilemmas, and the spirit of resistance as well as Jewish identity. In this, three categories can be identified: songs composed after the Second World War in Israel by survivors; songs composed by the second-generation to texts written during the Holocaust; and songs by composers who are not descendants of Holocaust survivors, but wish to express their artistic and emotional solidarity. Songs of each category show unique musical characteristics in their melodic contour, rhythmic patterns, and tonality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPartituren der Erinnerung
Subtitle of host publicationDer Holocaust in der Musik
Editors Bela Rasky , Verena Pawlowsky
Place of PublicationWien
PublisherNew Academic Press
ISBN (Print)9783700319214
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

Name Beitrage zur Holocaustforschung des Wiener Wiesenthal Instituts fur Holocaust-Studien / VWI


  • 28: Western art music -- History. 1910 to present (history)
  • song—popular and traditional -- Israel -- Holocaust as subject
  • song—general -- Israel -- Holocaust as subject
  • wars and catastrophes -- Holocaust -- Europe -- subject of Israeli songs


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