Ikh hob gemakht kokletn
The song is about the most controversial food served in the Łódź ghetto: horse meat. The desirability of eating horse meat, though it was not kosher, must be reconsidered when hunger and starvation loom. Horse meat is mentioned also in the hit song 'Rumkowski Khayim'. Most of the people accepted rabbinical dispensation and consumed horsemeat. The Orthodox, however, would not eat it.
The song describes the food: the meat is not the best and spoils quickly but when there is nothing else to eat, people are happy with meatballs made of horse meat. To get rid of the taste, they drink a glass of tea sweetened with saccharine.
This song was sung by Yaakov Rotenberg as the middle song in a medley that begins and ends with the song 'Kemfn' (Struggle). The melody is similar to that of the verse of the song 'Kemfn', and that may be the musical reason for their combination.
Music from the Ghettos