The moving Yiddish song 'Friling' (Spring) was written by Shmerke Kaczerginski in April 1943, after the death of his wife Barbara in the Vilna ghetto. Set to a tango melody composed by fellow inmate Avrom Brudno, the song's lyrics tell of the author's sadness and sense of despair and loneliness.
Friling from the CD, Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango. Courtesy of Tzadik and Tangele.
Music from the Ghettos
This recording, recreated by Gustavo Beytelmann, is from the CD, Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango available worldwide. The accompanying booklet contains translations of all lyrics to English. Courtesy of Tzadik and Tangele.
English translations by Lloica Czackis and Bella Klein. All lyrics have been adapted and transliterated according to the standardized YIVO Yiddish, except for where is required by rhyme.