Maria Krupoves: Singing in Yiddish and Other Languages of the Oppressed

BY JANET MANDELSTAM Maria Krupoves says she was moved by the words of a French philosopher who wrote that there is nothing to do about the Holocaust except share the grief and mourn the victims together. Her way of sharing and mourning is to sing the songs of the ghetto “to remember and show the unprecedented courage of people who, being stripped of everything, were able to face a most possible death with singing.” A native of Lithuania, Krupoves sings in 20 languages and speaks six fluently. She started singing Russian romances while studying Russian language and literature at Vilnius University, and soon she was recording songs in Polish, the language spoken in her home, as well as in Belarusian […]

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