Archival recording from the David Boder collection, courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Yiddish song 'On a heym, on a dakh' (Without a home, without a roof) was collected from a young Jewish survivor named Ludwig Hamburger by the Latvian-American psychologist David Boder in August 1946. Hamburger explained in his interview with Boder that he remembered the song from the time of his deportation. It describes how the deportees wandered through the night, not knowing where they were going, harassed and beaten, and separated from their families.