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Rebel Max’s Russian Medals

① memo 20160520 ~ Rebel Max’s Russian Medals ~ Partisan for life , rebel, journalist .. and more .. Max De Vries (1914-2014 , Wellen , Limburg , Belgium) about his medals … at the book presentation Last Witnesses ( De Laatste Getuigen – vzw ‘De werkgroep 10 december 2008’ ) in Tongeren , Belgium , May 20, 2011.

” Yes !
They are all mine , yes …
… these are all Russian medals.
[ Can you tell me what they stand for ? ]
The cooperation of escaped Russian prisoners of war – from the coal mines in Limburg ..
… who had joined the Belgian partisan army during the war.
And the Russians – first from the Soviet Union , and now the Russians of today …
who consider me as a veteran of the Red Army. “

Papirosn – yiddish song – “Inejnem” klezmer band

Papirosn – a yiddish song – played May 26th, 2012 by the klezmer music band “INEJNEM” (in English “Together”) in front of Restaurant Ester on Szeroka street in the heart of Kazimierz – the old Jewish district of Kraków (Poland).
Iryna Stefanyuk is singing – the first part in Yiddish and the second part in Russian – with Myroslav Bandrivskyy playing the clarinet, Jurij Bejchuk on guitar, and Jarosław Filipiak on contrabass. The song is also well-known as “Papirosen”. See Inejnem’s facebook for other concert info.

Story – The song “Papirosn” (in English “Cigarettes”) is about a little boy all alone trying to survive: Wet, hungry, standing in the rain on a cold, foggy, night, a little boy is standing on the corner of a street begging: Please, buy my cigarettes, buy my matches! Help an orphan, save me from hunger! With no father or mother, and after a year roaming the streets together with his little sister, she also died, and he is now all alone, trying to survive.

Lyrics Yiddish and Russian  Continue reading