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Boomkat Product Review:
**Fascinating collection of early and influential Yiddish Theatre recordings, among the rarest Jewish recordings in existence, accompanied by detailed 40-page booklet of liner notes** "In 1900 Lemberg was one of the most important cities in the Austro Hungarian Empire with a population of 160,000, of whom a third were Jewish. The Lemberg theatre was the first permanent and most important Yiddish theatre in Europe. Sholem Aleichem visited in 1905 and based his novel “Wandering Stars” on his experiences there. In 1910 Franz Kafka was profoundly affected when he saw members of the troupe perform in Prague. Joseph Roth and Mark Chagall were hugely influenced by what they saw. The theatre gave birth to a unique form of musical drama that to a significant extent shaped popular American culture. Thanks to the efforts of a small band of record collectors and discographers operating worldwide, many of these records have been documented and copies located to make it possible for the first time in over 100 years to give a voice to this silenced civilization, whose destruction has been rigorously documented, but whose achievements have so far been largely unexplored. Listen to songs about weddings, wild women, drinking, the original Yidl mit sein Fidl, a Hatikvah recorded in 1909, an out of control Simchas Torah and, of course, Sex."