Within the framework of the "Polonia, des Polonais en France depuis 1830" organised by the Polish Institute in Paris and the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration comes a series of concerts and other events dedicated to the presence of Poles - and Polish Jews - in France.
Before the Second World War, Poland was the home of the greatest and largest Jewish community in the world, with a flourishing cultural, political and religious activity. Why did they leave? How were they welcomed in France ? How did they melt within the population of previous Polish immigrants as well as the French Jewish community? A series of debates gathering researchers from various fields will focus on numerous issues surrounding Polish Jews in France. The forum panels are led by political scientist Jean-Yves Pontel, Central Europe expert, reporter for the Shoah Memorial in Poland. For more information, see: www.histoire-immigration.fr
On the night of March 5, the Auditorium of the Cité de l'histoire de l'immigration welcomes two Klezmer bands for a special concert: Yom (France) and Cunfunkt (Poland).
Klezmer is a traditional genre of Jewish music from Central Europe. Its origins are religious, and while the sacred nature of certain melodies was preserved, its major variation has evolved and drawn inspiration from numerous inspirations, fed by the culture of the countries visited by travelling musicians, the Klezmorim. It is essentially perpetuated as joyous, feast music, full of contrasts and combinations.
Today, musicians of the young generations reconnect with their Yiddish cultural legacy by reintroducing this musical tradition. The contemporary rebirth of Klezmer music is initiated by performers from all musical genres, from classical, to folk, pop, hip hop, electro and reggae. This additional organic and vibrant mixity contributes in the transmission and preservation of a genre that keeps on generating interest on both sides of the Atlantic. The band Cukunft (meaning "the future" In Yiddish) was founded by guitarist Raphael Rogiński. The aim of this quartet is to perpetuate the musical tradition of Jewish Central Europe along with its variety, all its declinations and genres. The musicians perform a selection of pre-war songs and also compose their own brand new tracks of Jewish music, which they consider to remain relevant today. Cufunkt's lineup features Raphael Rogiński (on guitar), Kacper Szreder (on trumpet), Pawel Szamburski (on clarinet) and Pawel Szpura (on percussion).
The band performs with the Paris-based band Yom. Clarinettist Yom and pianist Manuel Peskine were reunited by their common aim for the celebration of Klezmer music. The duo performs bold interpretations of traditional themes, which are the source of their own original compositions and improvisations. The dialogue between both musicians invites the listeners on a musical journey combining jazz, rock and traditional music from Central Europe. The Yom & Cufunkt has been organised with the participation of the Yiddish Maison de la culture.
The following day, Sunday, March 6, the programme is dedicated to film, featuring Georges Pérec et Robert Bober. Entre traces et memoires" / "G. Pérec & R. Bober. Between traces and memories at the Palais de la Pore Dorée.
The programme is composed of fragments from Récits d'Ellis Island" / "Tales from Ellis Island (France) by Robert Bober and Georges Pérec. The film was dedicated to the iconic island on the New York coast which filtered most immigrants between the Nineteenth and the Twentieth Century. The selection is followed by Réfugié provenant d'Allemagne, apatride d'origine polonaise" / "Refugee from Germany, stateless from Poland by Robert Bober (1976, France, 90'). Robert Bober has found the shop once owned by his father, a native of the Polish city of Radom. The director was looking for traces of Jewish culture that was assassinated along with its people. His identity investigation progressively switches into a lager reflection about the past and future of Jews in Eastern Europe.
Marcel Łoziński's 1991 documentary Sept Juifs de ma classe" / "Seven Jews of my school class presents the testimonies of Polish Jews forced to leave Poland in 1968. After long years of separation, they are reunited in their native country. They talk about their experience and share their impressions at the time of the exile. The screening is followed by a meeting with the director, Marcel Lozinski.
Related article: Polonia. Des Polonais en France depuis 1830
For more information on all events accompanying the exhibition, see: www.histoire-immigration.fr, www.institutpolonais.fr
Source: press materials