Yiddish Curiosities: a library of wonderful but forgotten Yiddish songs from the late 1920s and after (includes Polish Jewish Cabaret). Have a listen!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What happened to Yiddish theater star Herman Fenigstein?

Fenigstein, who is featured prominently among the singers cited in the Itzik Zhelonek collection, left very few traces. I was only ever able to find one picture of him, for instance, and it's not a very good one. There are a very few existing recordings. I always assumed he was one of the many singers and actors who died in the Holocaust but recently I heard from a researcher in Scotland who sent me this:

I'm a researcher at Glasgow university looking at Jewish music in Scotland in the early 20th century, and just discovering Herman Fenigstein. After leaving Warsaw (and a short spell in London), Fenigstein worked as a chazzan in Glasgow for several decades. Interestingly, he seems to have completely abandoned what seems to have been a successful Yiddish stage once here in Scotland.

He also sent me this obituary. You're welcome!


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