Gefloygn iz ales
This song concerns a demonstration that took place in the Łódź ghetto in early 1940. It was quelled by the Jewish police together with a special arm of the German militia. The demonstration ended when the Germans fired on the crowd as described in the Chronicles of the Łódź Ghetto.
Both the refrain and the single verse mention food. Here, however, food is used as a weapon of protest. As precious as food was, the ghetto inhabitants hurled it back at the Jewish police, venting their rage with the same weapon used against them. The verse is a powerful call to arms: 'We shall fight in life and death' for food 'to keep us alive'.
The melody of this song probably has its origins in a popular marching tune. It is in a major key and uses a march rhythm.