1905, after working in Paris for six years as secretary of the revolutionary
and philosopher Piotr Lavrov, Ansky moved back to St. Petersburg
in 1905. Ansky joined the Jewish Labor Bund (although he was not
yet interested in Jewish nationalism), and composed its anthem;
Di Shvu'e, ("The Oath") is sung at Jewish socialist
gatherings around the world to this day.
a RealAudio recording of Di
Shvu'e, sung by The
New Yiddish Chorale and the Workmen's Circle Chorus.
Brothers and sisters in toil and struggle,
All who are dispersed far and wide.
Come together, the flag is ready,
Waving in wrath, stained red with blood.
Swear an oath, an oath of life and death!
and earth will hear us,
The bright stars will bear witness,
oath of blood, an oath of tears,
We swear, we swear, we swear!
swear our boundless loyalty to the Bund,
Only the Bund can free the slaves now.
Our red flag flies high and broad.
We swear loyalty of life and death!
from In Love and Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor
Bund, copyright © 1999 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research;
recorded July 1998 by The New Yiddish Chorale and the Workmen's Circle
Chorus; piano: Adrienne Cooper. Used permission of the YIVO Institute
for Jewish Research.
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