Anna Shternshis on "Es geyen yesomim" ("Orphan's Walk") (Ethics of Songs)

Ethics of Songs

Join us for The Ethics of Songs, the Centre for Ethics YouTube series that explores the ethical dimensions of songs familiar and new! (The full schedule is available here.)

Anna Shternshis
Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
University of Toronto

“Es geyen yesomim” archival photo courtesy of Anna Shternshis
Video recording of “Es geyen yesomim” courtesy of Anna Shternshis
Vocals: Psoy Korolenko
Cello: Beth Silver Accordion: Sergiu Popa
Clarinet: Julian Milkis Part of the “Yiddish Glory Project”
Creators: Anna Shternshis and Psoy Korolenko
Producer: Dan Rosenberg

Centre for Ethics
University of Toronto
July 2020
Produced and edited by Laura Menard

Additional Resources:

For more on Yiddish Glory, see

For press, see

For an academic article, “Hitler Hanging on the Tree: Humor and Violence in Soviet Yiddish Folklore of World War II,” in Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust, edited by Avinom Platt, David Slucki and Gabriel Finder, pp.15 – 37, Wayne State University Press, 2020 (

This is an online event, available on the Centre for Ethics YouTube Channel. Channel subscribers will receive a notification at the start. (For other events in the series, and to subscribe, visit

Wed, Aug 5, 2020
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin