NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. II, No. 1, February, 1946
IN NEW YORK CITY
DURING the eighties and nineties of the past century,
tens of thousands of Jews from eastern European countries
poured into New York harbor annually. Many
were fleeing Czarist tyranny and oppression, pogroms, economic
segregation, persecutions, and ghetto life of the Pale. They took to
the new life in America with passion and serious intent. Along with
their baggage and wicker trunks filled with bedding, clothing, an
occasional samovar, the Sabbath candlesticks, the prayer books,
prayer cloths, and philacteries, they brought their tales and anecdotes,
their superstitions, folksay, and folksong — religious and
secular, Hebrew and Yiddish, Chassidic and anti-Chassidic, national
A great portion of this folk treasure is still alive in our great
city of New York and can be heard in the synagogues, in the
parochial and secular schools, in the summer camps, in the homes,
in the cultural clubs, and in the literary societies. Especially are
the songs current among the Jewish factory workers, who, since
the birth of Yiddish secular folksong, have been its main carriers,
composers, and preservers. In comparing the folksongs current
here, among the Yiddish-speaking American Jews, with the folksongs
sung by the Jews living in the Soviet Union, we find that
both still weave the same pattern, which can be traced back to the
birth and flowering of Yiddish folksong in the nineteenth century.
The folksong of the eastern European Jews (Yiddish folksong)
is the youngest product of Jewish music, tracing its path over a period of centuries and embracing Jewish life in many lands.
Social-economic pressures at various periods in world history resulted
in the severance of this long line at certain points, as, for
instance, at the time of the destruction of the Second Temple, the
Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition. Each catastrophe compelled the
Jewish people to shift its base of concentrated settlement and to
root and create again in a new environment....
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