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The 2022 Tobias Lecture with

November 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Mosse Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies presents

The 2022 Tobias Lecture

Paradoxes of a Pleaser: The Universal Appeal of Leo Fuld’s Yiddish Repertoire and the Centrality of Postwar Jewish Culture
A lecture by
David Wertheim

November 29, 2022
Memorial Union, Old Madison Room
(800 Langdon St Madison, WI)

With Yiddish hitsongs like My Yiddishe Mama and Wo ahin soll ich geh’n, the Dutch born singer Leo Fuld became an international star in the early years after the Second World War, many years before the Klezmer revival. His work is ridden with paradoxes, it is Zionistic and Diasporic, explicitly Jewish and very Gentile, and it exerted an appeal to non-Jewish audiences in Europe, the United States and even the Arab world. What was his secret? Why did his audiences embrace his particular interpretation of Jewish music? And what does his success tell us about the reasons Jewish culture so often occupied a central place in the postwar era?


November 29
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm