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The Lonely Child is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto, describing a girl in hiding. It is still performed over 70 years later—long after its lyricist, composer and subjects have passed on.

The song has taken on a life of its own. Who is keeping it alive and why? And how did they find it in the first place? The daughter and granddaughter of the song’s subjectswho for years has struggled with the legacy of the Holocaust in her family—goes on a quest to meet some of these people, to find out what the song means to them.

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Lyrics to Dos Elnte Kind (The Lonely Child) |  English Translation

 

Who’s chasing me — who?
And leaves me no peace?
Oh mother, my mother dear,
Where are you, where?
Your Sorele seeks you,
Your child’s crying out
Howling and wailing like wind in the grass.
My father is missing,
Who knows where he’s gone?
He was caught in a trap by a terrible foe.

The night was so dark, when this happened to him,
Still darker than night was my dear mother’s face.
All day she wanders, all evening she roams.
All through the restless night, the child worries on.
She hears in her mind her father’s close footsteps,
Her mother still rocks her and sings her this song.
If it happens some day that a mother you’ll be,
you must make your children aware of our pain.
How your father and mother suffered under the enemy.
Forget not the past, not for one single day!