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Shtiler Shtiler

Shtiler Shtiler

"Quiet, quiet. Let's be silent" is a lullaby of sorts, but a very unusual one. Traditional lullabies are meant to help mothers and fathers put their children to sleep. In this song, which was written in the Vilna ghetto, the child is asked to hush in order to observe the disaster befalling the community. The lyrics are by Shmerke Kaczerginski an educator, author, poet and partisan in the ghetto. The melody was written by an 11 year old boy named Alexander Volkovitski (the pianist Alexander Tamir).


 

The song describes the murder of the Jews of Ponary and the graves that proliferated in the killing field. The song ends on a hopeful note, with the mother promising her son that the sun will shine once more, freedom will return and with it his missing father.


The first recording is of Yehudit Moretzka, with piano accompaniment.
The second recording is of Dorit Reuveni, from a collection called "Songs of the ghetto".

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