My Father’s Memoir of WWII in the USSR: Stories Set to Song


Guitarist and singer Vladimir Fridman and scholar Miriam Isaacs trace the wartime journeys of Miriam’s father, Israel. A Polish Jew who left wife and child in Krakow, he fled across the vast expanse of the USSR all the way to Central Asia. Late in the war he fought with the Soviet Army, helped liberate Hungary, and smuggled survivors out post-war Poland. Drawing from his memoirs, Isaacs will read poems and stories she has translated from Yiddish. Fridman will perform songs in Yiddish and Russian from this historical period.

Ironically, when the Russians sent Jews into Central Asia during World War II, what seemed like punishment turned out to save their lives. Yes, they suffered hunger, illness, loneliness, the rule of Stain, and hard labor. But they were at least beyond the reach of the Germans. In this lonely place, they turned to art, song and literature for comfort, solace and courage. This history is explored through the emotional lives of those who lived through those times.


Thursday, May 276:30 PM Adas Israel Congregation 2850 Quebec St NW
Washington, DC


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