Bei mir bist du schoen

Once, when I sang this song in a pub, a restaurant’s waitress from the other side of the street came running and added her vocals to my performance. Sorry to say, in Germany songs related to the Jewish history are not welcome everywhere.

The history of this song went through various stages: In 1932 it began as a somewhat superficial musical. 1936 in Hitler’s Germany it was presented with ugly anti-Jewish propaganda. 1942 in several concentration camps it had to be played by Jewish musicians to amuse the SS soldiers. 2015, 50 years after the liberation, Jewish survivors report this – crying. Meanwhile, the musical material has been included by Gypsy jazz musicians in their repertoire: Perhaps as a memorial of resistance, because many Gypsy’s were gassed in the concentration camps.
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some very talented friends supported my efforts to enjoy the Gypsy standard BEI MIR BIST DU SCHOEN – Luzz: bass and Klezmer like solo on saxophone (at the end) – Gernot: blues harp – Joe: vocals – me on guitar and banjo

Bei Mir Bistu Shein” (Yiddish: בײַ מיר ביסטו שיין, “To Me You’re Beautiful”) is a popular Yiddish song composed by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish comedy musical…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei_Mir_Bistu_Shein

Die Geschichte dieses Liedes verlief durch verschiedene Stufen: 1932 begann es als ein etwas oberflächliches Musical. 1936, im Hitler-Deutschland wurde es mit häßlicher anti-jüdischer Propaganda vorgeführt. 1942, in einigen KZ’s musste es von jüdischen Musikern zur Belustigung der SS-Soldaten gespielt werden. 2015, 50 Jahre nach der Befreiung, berichten jüdische Überlebende weinend noch davon. Inzwischen ist das musikalische Material auch von Gypsy Jazz-Musikern in ihrem Repertoire aufgenommen worden: Vielleicht als ein Mahnmal des Widerstandes, denn auch viele Zigeuner wurden in den KZ’s vergast.

another analysis of the history and meaning of a Jewish song:
https://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/donna-donna-history-of-a-song/

https://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/donna-donna-meaning-of-a-song/

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