Yiddish Songs

Object Days Dresden: Alla Donkhina

“Show us your story!” – Beginning in 2017, the Jewish participants in the Object Days project have answered this invitation by recounting their migration stories.

A woman with glasses holds two books in her hand and looks friendly into the camera.

Alla Donkhina, born in 1939 in Leningrad, USSR, now St. Petersburg, Russia.
Living in Germany since 1998.
Mechanical engineer.

I arrived in Germany in March 1998. That same August, I met my husband Ernest Solomonowitsch Korobtschinski, who was running a Jewish cultural program in Hamburg at the time. He was very interested in Yiddish music and its origins and he discovered songs that have been very rarely performed in concert. I’ve brought along some materials that he collected about those songs.

As for myself, I came to Germany because life in Russia was no longer bearable for financial reasons but also for moral and personal ones.

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