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Herman Rabins


Herman Rabins




[Note from typewritten tape log in box:] Herman Rabin, born Chayim Rabinovitsh, in Novminsk, Poland, speaks on this and the following tape, about his childhood, his famous father, his coming to America, etc. He is so intense in remembering, that it was difficult to “sidetrack” him into singing, during this session. He promised to do so another time.
The importance of this kind of interview is many-sided: folkloristic, linguistic, cultural history, and even psychological. He mentions his father numerous times - also due to the recent book by Menashe Unger, which includes his father’s photograph, etc.
the few tunes and songs included on this tape are Ov is a foter (cut 5), Unter dem kinds vigele (cut 3), Al tiro avdi yankev (cut 2), Sholem aleikhem (cut 4).


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