Many songs written before the Holocaust were performed during the Shoah because their content matched the spirit of the times. Songs about hunger, suffering, and longing were performed in the camps and the ghettos. However, one song, “Es Brent” (Our Town Burns), was frequently sung and became a prophetic song about the destruction of European Jewry. It was composed by Mordkhay Gebirtig and is presented in this compilation.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany works to secure compensation and restitution for survivors of the Holocaust.
Since 1951, the Claims Conference - working in partnership with the State of Israel - has negotiated for and distributed payments from Germany, Austria, other governments, and certain industry; recovered unclaimed German Jewish property; and funded programs to assist the neediest Jewish victims of Nazism.