Archival recording from the David Boder collection, courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dort in dem lager
This rare historic recording of the song 'Dort in dem lager' (There in the camp) was collected by the Latvian-American psychologist David Boder in September 1946 from Jewish Displaced Persons (DPs) in Italy. Like many of the songs created by DPs in the immediate postwar period, this song addresses the emotional difficulties of coming to terms with the war's effects, and the question of how to move forward. It describes the speaker's loneliness and suffering, and especially the loss of family. Composer and lyricist are unknown.