S'iz geven a zumertog
'S'iz Geven a Zumertog' (It Was a Summer's Day) was written by the 18-year-old Vilna ghetto inmate Rikle Glezer, and based on the melody of the popular pre-war Yiddish theatre song 'Papirosn' (Cigarettes). The song chronicles in painful detail how Jews were driven into the Vilna ghetto, their pleas for help, and the killings that were taking place both en route to the ghetto, and in the nearby forest of Ponar.
This recording is available worldwide. The accompanying booklet contains translations of all lyrics to English. English translations by Lloica Czackis and Bella Klein. All lyrics have been adapted and transliterated according to the standardized YIVO Yiddish, except for where is required by rhyme.
Recreated by Gustavo Beytelmann and from the CD, Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango, courtesy of Tzadik and Tangele (www.tangele.com).
Music from the Ghettos