Menachem Kipnis

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Menachem Kipnis (born 1878 in Ushomyr, Volhynia, d. 1942 in the Warsaw Ghetto),[1] was a singer, critic, and photographer.[2][3][4][5] He was also an ethnographer of Yiddish songs.[6][7] As a tenor, Kipnis was a common performer of Yiddish songs.[7][8] He died from a stroke in 1942.[6]

Menachem Kipnis' father was an educated cantor. From the age of eight, Menachem Kipnis lived with his older brother, who was also a cantor and is the father of the writer Levin Kipnis. Menachem Kipnis received a traditional Jewish education and sang with his brother in the choir of the Chernobyl synagogue. In this he impressed with his beautiful alto voice.[9]


  • 1918: Zekhtsik folks-lider (Sixty Folk Songs)[2]
  • 1925: Akhtsik folks-lider (Eighty Folk Songs)[2]
  • 1930: Khelemer mayses (Chelm Stories)


  1. ^ "Jewish Music in Poland between the World Wars" Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Tel Aviv, 1992 (Hebrew) ISBN 965-02-0060-6
  2. ^ a b c "Kipnis, Menakhem". YIVO. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Exhibition of photographs of Menachem Kipnis (1878–1942) - Exhibition co-organized with YIVO in New York". Jewish Historical Institute. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Menachem Kipnis". WE REMEMBER! SHALOM! זכור! שלום!. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  5. ^ Dynner, G.; Guesnet, F. (2015). Warsaw. The Jewish Metropolis: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Professor Antony Polonsky. IJS Studies in Judaica. Brill. p. 258. ISBN 978-90-04-29181-2. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  6. ^ a b Kaplan, C.A.; Katsh, A.I. (1965). Scroll of Agony: The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A. Kaplan. Holocaust Studies. History. Indiana University Press. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-253-21293-1. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b Wasserstein, B. (2012). On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War. Simon & Schuster. p. 301. ISBN 978-1-4165-9427-7. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ Israel Shalita: “The Jewish Music and Its Creators” – Publisher House Yehoshua Czeczik, Tel-Aviv 1960 p.186
  9. ^ Stampfer, Shaul (2007-09-14). "Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Jewish Folklorists of Poland - By Itzik Nakhmen Gottesman". Religious Studies Review. 33 (2): 164–165. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2007.00181_3.x. ISSN 0319-485X.

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