New Jewish Radical Resources!

paintedbird_3I recently discovered that a blog called “Jewdas” was linking to Shalom Rav so I checked it out. Hoo boy! It turned out to be this amazing Jewish radical/Yiddishist/anarchist/post-modernist blog originating from the UK. I must say that perusing it was a sinus-clearing experience. There’s too much to surf through at the moment, but I do commend to you this powerful eulogy-tribute to Marek Edelman, the last of the Warsaw Ghetto commanders, a remarkable man who continued to make his home in Poland, spoke out for Palestinian rights, and remained true to his socialist/Bundist ideals until the very end of his life.

On another radical Jewish note, I’ve just learned that Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird (above) will be playing in Chicago this Saturday night. Have you discovered Kahn yet?  Got in himmel! – this is definitely one band worth checking out. They are practitioners of a genre they describe as verfremdungsklezmer (which means, roughly, “Punk Cabaret + Radical Yiddish Song + Gothic + American Folk + Klezmer Danse Macabre.” )

Their leader, Daniel Kahn, is a 30-year-old Detroit native wunderkind who is one of the leaders of the current wave of American Jewish musical ex-pats in Berlin. His music is everything you would imagine and more. On DK and the PB’s new album, “Partisans and Parastites,” Kahn holds forth on a dizzying array of topics, from poverty to Hurricane Katrina to worker justice to contemporary fascism. The most attention-grabbing song, “Six Million Germans/Nakam,” is a jaw-dropping meditation on Jews and revenge.

Dunno if I can make it  Saturday night, but you should go. Safe to say it will be memorable.

3 thoughts on “New Jewish Radical Resources!

  1. Brant,
    Thank you so much for finding Jewdas – looking forward to exploring it further.
    But, thank you especially for the link to a proper and fitting tribute to Marek Edelman. He was a remarkable man, and a true hero. When he died, the mainstream media omitted from their obits his activism on behalf of Palestinian human rights, and omitted his opposition to the [mis]use of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising for nationalistic, political purposes. Considering all that was taken from him, the lives he saved, and the sacrifices he made throughout his life, omitting essential facts about his belief system which was the core motivation for his heroism is a perversion bordering on criminal. At the very least, he earned the right to be remembered properly.
    (BTW, reading his book, “The Ghetto Fights,” available on Amazon).
    B’Shalom,
    Lisa

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