Klezmer Music and Memory at a Festival Celebrating Jewish Life in Poland

Many tourists who come to Poland see a story of Jewish death. In Krakow, not far from Auschwitz, leaders are trying to tell a different story, and spur a resurgence in Jewish life. … Everywhere, there was music. Gentle lullabies and Yiddish folk songs, thumping Israeli hip-hop, and rousing celebratory tunes played by scores of Klezmer bands filled the ancient alleyways of Krakow, a Polish city that was once at the center of Jewish life in Europe.