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I Am A Typhus Louse

by Yiddish Glory

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From the producers of the Grammy-nominated Yiddish Glory, comes "I Am A Typhus Louse." During WWII, typhus became rampant as Jews and other prisoners were victims of forced starvation. Typhus, which is spread by lice, killed hundreds of thousands. The song was written in 1942 in a ghetto in Transnistria. For residents there, it was especially terrifying, as the Nazis often executed those with typhus. The song is actually a comedic one, written from the perspective of an anti-fascist louse.


released November 20, 2020
Performed by Yiddish Glory & The Payadora Tango Ensemble
Introducing The Lice:
Psoy Korolenko Vocals
Rebekah Wolkstein Violin
Drew Jurecka Bandoneon, Viola, Violin, Clarinet
Robert Horvath Piano
Joseph Phillips Double bass

Drew Jurecka Arranger, engineer & producer
Dan Rosenberg Executive producer

Based on the research of Professor Anna Shternshis, University of Toronto


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Yiddish Glory Toronto, Ontario

Yiddish Glory tells the remarkable story of folklorists in the Soviet Union who risked their lives collecting songs from Jewish Red Army soldiers, Jewish refugees, victims and survivors of Ukrainian ghettos, as told by a band of virtuoso musicians.

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