Avraimi Der Marvicher - Avreml the Pickpocket
Music and Lyrics -Mordechai Gebirtig (1877-1942)
Singer Chava Alberstein
Mordecai Gebirtig was born in Poland, Krakow. He lived his whole life among the Jewish working-class quarter. On June 4,1942, his
life ended prematurely by a Nazi bullet in the Krakow Ghetto during the infamous “ Bloody Thursday”.
He was a very distinguished folk” artist in Yiddish literature and music.Mordecai served for five years in the Austro-Hungarian army. He never studied music. He enjoyed playing a shepherd’s pipe , and played piano with one finger. Gebrich was employed as a furniture worker .Music and theater were his hobbies.Mordecai had three daughters, for whom he wrote and performed his poems.His diary entries resemble most of his songs. The words in the poems were set to improvised melodies. His lyrics describe the themes of eastern European Jewish life in the 1920s and 1930s .The song "Avreml the Pickpocket" addressed two social issues, crime and the collapse of family life, which tells us that both find their roots in need and poverty.
The singer Chava Alberstein was born in Szczecin Poland. Mrs Alberstein is very popular in Israel and known as a singer, composer and musical arranger. She released more than 60 Albums. Chava has recorded in Hebrew, English and Yiddish.