Misha Veksler
מישא װעקסלער
1907 - 1943

The conductor and composer Misha Veksler was born in Vilna in 1907.  He became an important figure in the musical world of the Vilna ghetto, serving as the conductor of the theatre orchestra and composing music for many of the revues that were performed there.  Among his many compositions were ‘Fun kolkhoz bin ikh’, ‘Peshe fun reshe’, and ‘Korene yorn un vey tsu di teg’.  Much of his music was written in collaboration with the poet and lyricist Leyb Rozental, whose talented sister Khayele premiered much of their work. Probably his best-known song was ‘Yisrolik’, which tells of the courage of a young orphan living off his wits in the ghetto. The song made a star of its singer, Khayele Rozental, when it was premiered in February 1942. Veksler’s music and Leyb Rozental’s lyrics combined to make an inspiring and powerful piece that is still popular today in the Yiddish theatre world. Veksler was seized during the final liquidation of the ghetto in 1943 and sent to Majdanek, where he perished.

Leyb Rozental / Misha Veksler
ESPE Performance Tape No 2 Cassette
Yiddish Songs Of The Holocaust (The Struggle To Survive) (Nu, Koyft Zhe Papirosn) RR 018 Cassette
Songs from THE WALL Ghetto, Partisan, Folk and Love Songs Folkways Records FG 3558
Chants du Yiddishland Ben Zimet et ses musiciens Disques Deesse DDLX 185
Partisans of Vilna Songs of World War II Jewish Resistance Flying Fish Records FF70450 CD
Gwiazdy Na Dachu (Shtern Oyfn Dakh) Gwiazdy Na Da Wifon WCD 005 (Poland CD)
Sonia Bernd't Zingt Jiddish Polydor 656016
Bread & Candy Script by Irena Klepfisz Cassette
Songs To Remember Henny Durmashkin Star Records 201
Eleanor Reissa Going Home Gems of Yiddish Song ERS 1 (Cassette)
Remember The Children Songs...Children of the Holocaust US Holocaust Memory Museum HMCD 1901
Workmen's Circle Chorus Sings Songs of Freedom & Resistance The Workmen's Circle LP
Hazzan Isaac Goodfriend Songs of Martyrdom and Hope Album Privately Issued
Voix du Ghetto Warszawa, 1943 7 Productions 242066 (CD)
Hear Our Voices Songs of the Ghettos and the Camps HaZamir HZ 909 (CD)
Larisa Averbakh & Ensemble Simkha Shnirele Perele Jew Comm Cntr, St Petersburg Cassette
Ghetto Tango/ Wartime Yiddish Theatre/ Ardienne Cooper/ Zalmen Mlotek Traditional Crossroads CD 4297
Yiddish Balkans /Michele Tauber/Misha Nisimov/Frederic Fraysswe/Efim Zubritsky BUDA Musique 860113

Peshe Fun Reshe
Leyb Rozental / Misha Veksler

Ghetto Tango/ Wartime Yiddish Theatre/ Ardienne Cooper/ Zalmen Mlotek  Traditional Crossroads CD 4297