[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Life in Volhynia-Traditional Folk Songs

richard benert benovich at imt.net
Mon Dec 6 21:09:49 PST 2004

Leo and any others who may be interested,

Your question about whether there were any folk songs unique to Germans in 
Poland and Volhynia can definitely be answered, "yes".  I acquired, a few 
years ago, a book of such songs published in 1935 by the German 
ethnographer, Kurt L|ck (who happens also to have become an ardent Nazi) and 
Robert Klatt, "Singendes Volk.  Volkslieder aus Kongresspolen und 
Wolhynien".  In it, there are about 88 songs with text and music.  I'm not 
sure it would be worthwhile to list the titles of all of them, but if a few 
people are really curious, I could be persuaded.  I'd also be happy to see 
if any songs anyone remembers are in it.

The person who probably knows more about GR folksongs than anyone, of 
course, is Tim Kloberdanz.  I know basically nothing about them.  I just 
have this book!

Dick Benert
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "LeoAnn" <annaleo at nanaimo.ark.com>
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Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 4:56 PM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Life in Volhynia-Traditional Folk Songs

> There have been a number of discussions over the past year covering 
> various aspects of our ancestors' life in the old country. They have 
> covered the topics of food, occupations, sayings, games, customs,naming 
> traditions, etc. The responses from list members have been interesting, 
> informative and  educational and all have brought back memories from my 
> younger years.  One topic that hasn't been discussed is that of 
> traditional folk songs. The Lutheran Church of old was referred to as the 
> singing church.  No doubt this came about because members had a love for 
> singing in their everyday lives and carried it into their worship 
> activities.  I don't know if there are any folk songs that are unique to 
> the Germans in Poland/Vohynia/Russia but I recall from my youth that at 
> house parties and other social gatherings that inevitably singing would 
> break out and carry on for some time. I can remember bits and pieces of 
> several songs and would like to have the complete lyrics. Does anyone know 
> if there is a source for German folk songs. Has anyone compiled a 
> collection of these songs?
> I would like to find the lyrics for a few songs that I remember - Schon 
> ist Die Jugend; Du, Du, Liegt Mir in Herzen; Ach Du Lieber Augustine; 
> Trink, Trink, Bruderllein Trink.
> Leo Sonnenberg
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