5 2018

Art is My Weapon: the Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati

7:30PM - 9:00PM  

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus 3801 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

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This combination of talk and performance will tell the story of Lin Jaldati, a Dutch Jewish Communist cabaret performer in the 1930s, who later was a Nazi death camp survivor, post-war immigrant to East Germany, and global Yiddish singing sensation, until her death in 1988.  Dr. Shneer will examine how Jaldati’s Yiddish music and her life made her one of, if not the key player in shaping Holocaust memory in East Germany.

Dr. Shneer will be joined by Jewlia Eisenberg, a composer and founder of the band Charming Hostess, and a performance artist.  Together, this mixed media project will blend history, archival footage, and live music to tell Jaldati’s story.

David Shneer is the Louis P. Singer Chair in History at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a specialist in twentieth century Jewish culture.  Jewlia Eisenberg is the frontwoman of the San Francisco-based Charming Hostess.  Her music brings the physical and intellectual together.

Sponsor: CSULB Jewish Studies Program, Alpert JCC, Jewish Federation of Long Beach and West Orange County