street performer

Yankele Hershkowitz (Herszkowicz)

Folk singer & entertainer in the Lodz ghetto

Yankele Hershkowitz, a tailor by trade, was a popular street performer in the Lodz ghetto. He composed and performed satirical songs pertaining to major events and to figures of the ghetto. While not much is known about Yankele Hershkowitz’s personal life, his musical contribution to the cultural life of the Lodz ghetto has been recounted by many survivors. His original compositions are detailed in several entries of the Lodz ghetto Chronicle.