Far undz iz dos lebn farbotn
David Botwinik wrote both the lyrics and music to the song ‘Far undz iz dos lebn farbotn’ (For us, living is forbidden). This is a song about Jews who hid underground from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Coming out for even a moment was risking death. Richard Lenatsky, tenor, performed the world premiere of this art song in May 2009.
The above translation (by Naomi Cohen, Leybl Botwinik, and Alexander Botwinik) together with the original Yiddish text and complete musical score can be found in the book From Holocaust to Life: New Yiddish Songs. See http://botwinikmusic.com.