Yom Hashoah 80th Anniversary

April 9, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


A World Premier Dramatic Reading of Yitshak Katzenelson’s epic powerful work about the Warsaw Ghetto –

Song of the Massacred Jewish People


דאָס ליד פֿונעם אויסגעהרגעטן ייִדישן פֿאָלק

In English and Yiddish

With Special Guest Appearance by

Mike Burstyn

Directed by Jeremy Aluma

In-person at the HMLA

Yitshak Katzenelsonיצחק קאַצענעלסאָן

Yitshak Katzenelson יצחק קאַצענעלסאָן

Begun in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto where he was interred with his wife and sons, the acclaimed Yiddish poet Yitzhak Katzenelson achieved something that has rarely, if ever, been achieved: an epic poem composed in hellish circumstances. While Katzenelson perished in Auschwitz soon after, his requiem miraculously survived. In a masterful recent English translation by Jack Hirschman, this work gives us an eye-witness account like no other to the depredations of the ghetto and the acts of heroism; a consolation to those who remained; and ultimately, a lyrical lament for those who did not.

This program for the first time brings Katzenelsen’s unprecedented act of spiritual resistance dramatically alive.

Presented by

the Holocaust Museum

Los Angeles (HMLA)

in partnership with

The California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP required.

April 9, 2023 3 pm

Event Location:


100 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90036