Book presentation: Tamar Radzyner „Nichts will ich dir sagen. Gedichte und Chansons“
Two voices speak out of Tamar Radzyner’s verses and chansons: the hope for a more just world, maintained even in the Łódź Ghetto and in the Auschwitz and Stutthof concentration camps, and the despair of Shoah survivors about the Stalinism and anti-Semitism in her home country of Poland. Born in 1927, she flees with her husband and the children Joanna and Olga to Vienna in 1959, picks up the German language and is discovered by Georg Kreisler as a chanson writer, whose songs are sung by him and Topsy Küppers. The emphatic poems and songs of this politically engaged Jewish woman are presented for the first time in collected form.
In 1917, the anthology “Moderne Jiddische Lyrik” (“Modern Yiddish Lyric Poetry”), translated by Alfons Petzold and Marek and Lorenz Scherlag, was to appear in Vienna. However, the war circumstances prevented this. The manuscript has returned to Vienna by way of Israel. These are poems of a still very young, politicizing literature which broke with Orthodox insularity, poems full of yearning for love, warmth and light. They bear witness to the mass misery of Jewish women and men, whether in the New World or the old one, and found enormous dissemination in their time. The collaboration of the famous workers’ poet Alfons Petzold with the Zionist publicist and poet Marek Scherlag constitutes a unique literary episode for Austria.
Book presentation with a recitation by Andrea Pauli and Bastian Wilplinger
Free admission from 6:15 p.m.
Advance booking requested: +43 1 535 04 31-110 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo (c) Archiv Joana Radzyner