Buenos Aires Shalom

Jewish entertainers of the 1930s and 1940s from Germany encounter tango and klezmer in exile. A lecture by Bernd Felbermair with music from the gramophone

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Jewish musicians from Germany encounter tango and klezmer in exile

Bernd Felbermair – Concept and lecture

Of the many Jewish entertainers who were ostracized by the Nazis in Germany and threatened with deportation, some fled as far as Argentina. In Buenos Aires in the 1930s and 40s, they encountered a lively scene of tango music and klezmer. “Buenos Aires Shalom” traces this environment: the mysterious and sad narrative world of the tango of the time, the multicultural Yiddish cabaret and the Argentinian-influenced klezmer music. At Villa Seligmann, original gramophone records, including those with Carlos Gardel and with the orchestra of Leo Feidman, Giora Feidman’s father, will be heard on period equipment. The fascinating photographs are accompanied by the poetics of the texts and the unsteady lives of artists between Berlin, New York, Paris and the common vanishing point Buenos Aires.

Tickets for 26 | 18 (reduced 8) euros are available in our webshop, by telephone on 0511-844887-200 or by e-mail to karten@villa-seligmann.de.
Admission is from 30 minutes before the start of the event.


After studying catholic theology and electrical engineering, Bernd Felbermair worked at vocational schools and in teacher training in the fields of general education, catholic religion and information/communication technology. He currently still offers a teaching position at the Leibniz University of Hanover and has been involved with historical sound recordings for 40 years. The focus is on salon music, cabaret and Argentine tango, among other things.


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