Yiddish Tango During World War II

As tango gained popularity during the 1930s, Jewish musicians in Eastern Europe began fusing traditional Jewish music with modern tango, giving rise to Yiddish Tango. This music was popular before the war and even in the Jewish ghettos. This tune, “Vu ahin zol ikh geyn” (Where shall I go?), is composed by the  Latvian-Jewish composer, Oskar Strock, with lyrics by S. Korntayer, who perished in Auschwitz. It is performed here by the Barry Sisters. To explore a different style of Yiddish Tango, click here, or to read more about the background of Yiddish Tango, click here.