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Dislocated MemoriesJews, Music, and Postwar German Culture$
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Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367481.001.0001

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Eberhard Rebling, Lin Jaldati, and Yiddish Music in East Germany, 1949–1962

Eberhard Rebling, Lin Jaldati, and Yiddish Music in East Germany, 1949–1962

(p.161) 8 Eberhard Rebling, Lin Jaldati, and Yiddish Music in East Germany, 1949–1962
Dislocated Memories

David Shneer

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the unique musical career of Lin Jaldati, a Dutch-born Holocaust survivor, and her German husband Eberhard Rebling. When they settled in East Germany in 1952, Jaldati became GDR’s foremost (and only) interpreter of Yiddish music and thus an agent in the state’s complex and shifting antifascist politics. In 1959, after seven years spent building her reputation in the GDR, Jaldati went on her first European concert tour as an official representative of her adopted home. The trip was the beginning of Jaldati’s thirty-year career as the Yiddish diva of the communist world and as an East German cultural ambassador spreading antifascist music. Through Jaldati, Jewish music, specifically Yiddish song, gained a position it never had before in this part of Europe: it became visible and at the same time highly political.

Keywords:   East Germany, Yiddish song, antifascism in East Germany, Lin Jaldati, DETA, Otto Frank, Dutch Jewish survivor, Eberhard Rebling

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