Mordechaj Gebirtig

Mordechai Gebirtig (his real name was Mordche Bertig , Krakow , then Austro – Hungarian Empire , 4 of maypole of 1877 – Krakow ghetto , 4 of June of 1942 ) was a carpenter , poet , composer and militant socialist Polish who wrote in Yiddish . 1


By profession he was a carpenter: he fixed old furniture. He lived with his wife Blumke and his three daughters in the district of Kazimierz in Krakow, and at night composed songs in Yiddish. 1

He was self-taught in literary training. He composed his songs with a small flute . He composed 90 songs in Yiddish (Germanic language spoken by the Ashkenazi and written usually in Hebrew ) – from children to proletarian and socialist songs .

It has been called “the last bard in Jiddisch”, as it shows the lives of ordinary people in the Jewish quarter of Krakow .

On June 4, 1942 was shot dead in the street and in the light of day in the ghetto of Krakow , by a soldier of the troops of Nazi occupation.

The march of the unemployed

Main article: The march of the unemployed

The March of the Jobless or March of the Unemployed – ארבעטלאעועמארש- Arbetloze Marsch ( March of the Jobless in English) is one of the most famous and famous temples of Gebirtig. Both the text and the melody were written by Mordechaj Gebirtig. 1 The song has been recovered by bands like Banda Bassoti 2 and Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird . 3


Written work

  • Mai faifele: unbakante lider. Lerner, Tel Aviv 1997
  • Meine leader. Farl. Dawke, Paris 1949
  • S’brent. Krakau 1946


  • Gehat hob ich a hejm. Edition Künstlertreff, Wuppertal – ISBN 3-9803098-1-9 (Schallplatte und Beiheft)
  • Majn jowl. Edition Künstlertreff, Wuppertal – ISBN 3-9803098-3-5
  • Der singer fun nojt. Edition Künstlertreff, Wuppertal – ISBN 3-9803098-2-7
  • Farewell Cracow – Blayb gezunt mir, Kroke. Interpretiert von Bente Kahan. Studio Hard, Warschau (CD)
  • Jiddische Lieder. , Wuppertal 1992. – ISBN 3-9803098-0-0


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b c The march of the unemployed – ארבעטלאעועמארש Mordechaj Gebirtig , Translation and adaptation of Ángel Ferrero , 10/7/2011, Without Permission
  2. Back to top↑ Bassotti Band – Arbeitsloser Marsch –
  3. Back to top↑ Zupfgeigenhansel – Arbetlose Marsch