Thursday 11 July 2019


NOSN SHAKHNOVSKI (ca. 1877-October 16, 1964)[1]
            He was born in Kremenchug, Ukraine, descended from poor Hassidic parents.  After WWI he moved to Berlin and in 1935 settled in Paris.  For fifteen years he collected everywhere Yiddish folksongs and their melodies.  During the Nazi occupation of Paris, he was freed from Gestapo arrest by a miracle.  In 1958 a portion of his collected materials were published in book form under the title Lider gezungen fun folk (Songs sung by the people) (Paris: Natan), 78 pp.  He died in New York.

Source: Sh. Shmulevitsh, in Forverts (New York) (December 10, 1955).
Berl Cohen

[1] Translator’s note. WorldCat give his first name as Nokhum (Naum, etc,). (JAF)

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