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Lin Jaldati

Lin Jaldati (actually Rebekka Brilleslijper), born 1912 in Amsterdam, presented from 1938 his own programmes with Yiddish songs and dances on Jewish themes with the pianist and musicologist Eberhard Rebling, who had emigrated from Germany. In 1940-44 she took part in the antifascist resistance struggle in Holland, was arrested in 1944 and was sent to the concentration camps Westerbork, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Liberated in April 1945, she now sang many songs of resistance that she had heard in the camps. In 1952 she moved to the GDR. She wanted to remember and admonish and made an offer of reconciliation with her "singing among the children and grandchildren of the murderers (and of the few who had resisted)" (Peter Zacher). She expanded her repertoire with songs by Hanns Eisler, Louis Fürnberg and Paul Dessau as well as folk, partisan and peace songs by many peoples and made guest appearances in almost all European countries, but also in India, East and Southeast Asia.

From 1960 she appeared at many Hootenannys and had a close relationship to the emerging singing movement. She reported: "Since the first workshop week in 1967 in Halle I belonged to the advisory group of the FDJ singing movement. But already before that many invitations came from Hootenanny clubs, the forerunners of the singing groups. We have been able to pass some things on, and we have helped many clubs in their development."

After the Six-Day War in Israel in 1967, she received fewer performance offers, and her Yiddish songs were put on ice on the radio. Eberhard Rebling reported: "With horror we noticed how with the anti-Israeli, pro-Arab politics in our media very deep anti-Semitic tendencies, long believed to have been overcome, were first concealed, but then appeared more and more openly.

From 1979 her daughter Jalda Rebling took part in Lin Jaldati's programmes as an actress and singer and from 1982 also her daughter Kathinka Rebling, a violinist. As a family ensemble, they undertook concert tours with Yiddish songs to several countries in Western Europe, Israel and the USA. Lin Jaldati died in 1988. Since then, Jalda Rebling has designed her own programmes, and in 1987 she also initiated the first 'Days of Yiddish Culture' in Berlin. With the book 'Sag nie, du gehst den letzten Weg' (Berlin, 1986; extended new edition Marburg, 1995) Lin Jaladati and Eberhard Rebling have published a joint autobiography.

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Various - songwriter in Germany
Vol.2, For whom we sing (3-CD)

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