Curt Sachs

American musicologist of German birth, founders of modern organology

Born in Berlin, Sachs studied piano, music theory and composition as a youth in that city. He began a career as an art historian, but promptly became more devoted to music, eventually being appointed director of the Staatliche Instrumentensammlung, a large collection of musical instruments. He reorganised and restored much of the collection, and his career as an organologist began. In 1933, following Nazi persecution, Sachs moved to Paris, and later to the United States, where he settled in New York City.


Leo Wiener

Russian- American historian, linguist, author and translator

Leo Wiener was born in Bialystok, Russian Empire in 1862. He was an American historian, linguist, author and translator. Wiener lectured on Slavic cultures at Harvard University and became the first American professor of Slavic literature. One of his many published books include, Africa and the discovery of America Vols. I-III (1922).


Singing in the Dark

Directed by Max Nosseck  

This film is one of the first Hollywood films to deal with the Holocaust and starts cantor and star of the Yiddish cinema Moyshe Oysher in his only English language role. It is about a cantor who is a holocaust survivor with traumatic amnesia and who can only sing when he is inebriated.

Film include footage shot in the historic Levetzow Synagogue in Berlin that was razed shortly thereafter.

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Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film

The Jewish Songster

A collection of songs edited by the Goldfarb brothers- Israel and Samuel Eliezer. This collection was part of their joint endeavor in the education of the American Jewish youth. Their songsters contained songs suited for public singing, which was asked for by the younger modern generation. This particular songster was prepared for use in Jewish religious schools, and it contains only the words of songs.

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Mizmor l’David‎:‎ an anthology of synagogue music


Compiled, edited and arranged by David J. Putterman.‎ Includes compositions by Marc Lavry, Alexander Tansman, Zavel Zilberts, Paul Ben Haim, Eduard Birnbaum, Yedidya Admon, M. Kohn, R. Kosakoff, M. Lustig, Solomon Rosowsky, Y. H. Wohl, A. M. Rabinowitch, L. Agazi, M. Silver, H. Adler, N. Robinson, A. W. Binder, E. Mills, Samuel Alman, H. Adler, Jacob Rapaport, I. Goldfarb and others.

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