Yankl Trupyanski was born in Vilna in 1909 and worked as a music teacher and composer of children’s songs in Warsaw and Vilna. He composed many of the songs sung by children in the Yiddish schools of the inter-war years, including the Warsaw Tsisho schools and Medem Sanitorium. With the outbreak of World War II, he returned to his home city and was a member of the leftist group the ‘Socialist Revolutionaries’. In the Vilna ghetto he continued to compose songs, including ‘Es vet zikh fun tsvaygl tseblien a boym’ (From a twig will grow a tree), as well as a popular operetta performed in the ghetto theatre in January 1943.
During the liquidation of the ghetto, he and his brother were deported to a concentration camp, where Yankl Trupyanski died in 1944.
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