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Dislocated MemoriesJews, Music, and Postwar German Culture$
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Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367481.001.0001

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“Driven from Their Home”

“Driven from Their Home”

Jewish Displacement and Musical Memory in the 1948 Movie Long Is the Road

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Dislocated Memories

Joshua S. Walden

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the Yiddish film by Israel Beker Long is the Road (1948; Lang ist der Weg/Lang iz der Weg) to discuss Jewish survivors’ dislocation. As the film reveals, displacement bridges survivors’ past and current identities as they search for a future home. Long is the Roadwas the first feature film—and the first German—Jewish collaboration—to (re)present the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective, and the soundtrack by Lothar Brühne particularly sheds light on the various meanings sound and silence can have in the expression of displacement. References to the Kol Nidre prayer convey the trauma of the characters’ separation, and quotation of the popular song “A Yidishe mame” at the reunion of mother and son nostalgically echoes prewar Yiddish entertainment. In the film, Jewish survivors remember home through music and at the same time reimagine that home, which was effectively lost in the postwar period, while looking toward a better future in Israel.

Keywords:   displaced person, DPs, German-Jewish collaboration, Jewish cultural memory, Munich Yiddish Cabaret Theater, MIKT, rubble film, Yiddish song, Israel Beker, Lothar Brühne, rubble women

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