Ikh bin an inteligent
The song described the destiny of the 'little intellectual,' referring to the fate of every Jew in the ghetto, who daily faced pushing and shoving in long lines for the necessities of life. The second verse conjures up a very realistic descriptions of hunger on the one hand, and lousy food on the other. Accordingly, when the soup is made of bare bones, it becomes a cause for celebrations and singing.
The song uses subtle irony and humour. It was performed on stage to entertain a hungry audience. The theatre was censored by Rumkowski and his people, so any criticism had to be veiled.
The version of the song was sung by Yaakov Rotenberg and recorded by Gila Flam in Israel in 1985. Rotenberg recalls this song being performed in the Revue Theater in Łódź.
Music from the Ghettos