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Rhythm-A-Day Blog for January 18, 2020: Start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

On January 18, 1943, Nazis entered the Warsaw ghetto to prepare a group of Jews for transfer to a concentration camp. The ZOB (an underground resistance organization) ambushed them, starting several days of combat before the Nazis withdrew, and it was several months before they resumed deportations.

In April 1943 during the Uprising, he was in the supply bunker at 30 Franciszkanska Street with other officials, and died there.

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, Warsaw
(Wikimedia Commons)

The bravery of the Jewish resistance deserves to be celebrated. Klezmer music (from the Hebrew kley, instruments of, + zemer, song) is a celebratory form of music which has been revitalized as part of post-Holocaust cultural preservation:  

In a sense, the strong revival of interest in klezmer is due to the need to recover the civilization of Ashkenazi Jewry which was decimated in the holocaust.

—Moshe Denburg, Jewish Music of the
Ashkenazi Stream: I. Klezmer and Yiddish Song

Here are three foundational rhythms for Klezmer:

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