When I got to Germany in 1964 for a year at the University of Göttingen, I had a number of record albums, including one with Guela Gill and Theodore Bikel. During that year I became good friends with a married doctoral student and his wife who lived in the student housing I was assigned to. When Jurgen heard the Bikel album he went crazy. He loved it and we played it over and over again. And, of course, I left the album with them when i went back home.
Years later when we visited Jurgen and Inge, Jurgen had gotten every
album Bikel had ever put out and could sing all the songs - particularly
those in Yiddish.
So, it is with a heavy heart that I learn about Bikel's death today. But like my mom, he was in his 90s and has had a good life.
Here's the only Youtube I could find of a song from my old album. It's
been forever since I heard this. It's in Spanish, not Yiddish.
[sorry, this is another reposting because Feedburner didn't pick the original up]