PHOTOS: ‘Forget not the past’

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  • Filmmaker and director Marc Smolowitz, right, and cinematographer Aaron Fagerstrom, left, film sixth graders singing for the documentary, “The Lonely Child”. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Lander-Grinspoon Academy sixth grader Elijah Phelps, center, and fellow students listen to Alix Wall speak during a commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Northampton. Wall’s mother, Sarah Krynska, was a “hidden child” during the Holocaust and the subject of the song “Dos Elnte Kind” (“The Lonely Child”). STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Alix Wall of California has a conversation with Lander-Grinspoon Academy sixth graders after they sang "Dos Elnte Kind" ("The Lonely Child"). The song, written by ShmerkeKaczerginski, a friend of Wall's maternal grandmother in the Vilna Ghetto of wartime Poland, describes a little girl - Wall's mother, Sarah Krynska - in hiding during the Holocaust.  —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Lander-Grinspoon Academy music educator Felicia Sloin leads students in songs including "Dos Elnte Kind" ("The Lonely Child") during a commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. When Alix Wall’s mother, the subject of the song, died 17 years ago, Wall asked Sloin to learn it for a memorial and since then Sloin has taught and performed the song as part of her commemoration of Yom HaShoah. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Filmmaker Marc Smolowitz of California speaks to Lander-Grinspoon Academy sixth graders during a shoot for the documentary "The Lonely Child" about the Yiddish song of the same name, "Dos Elnte Kind". Smolowitz and Alix Wall, both children of "hidden children" of the Holocaust, are producing the film about the surprising life of the song which was written in the Vilna Ghetto of wartime Poland about Wall's mother, Sarah Krynska, and grandmother. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Lander-Grinspoon Academy sixth graders sing "Dos Elnte Kind" ("The Lonely Child") in Yiddish and English during a commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Northampton on Thursday, May 2, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Alix Wall and her father, Irwin Wall, take part in the a commemoration of Yom HaShoah. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Cinematographer Aaron Fagerstrom of California films as Lander-Grinspoon Academy sixth graders sing "Dos Elnte Kind" ("The Lonely Child") in Yiddish and English during a commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Northampton on Thursday, May 2, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Lander-Grinspoon Academy sixth grader Isabel Baxter-Paris talks with Alix Wall (not pictured) about learning the song "Dos Elnte Kind" ("The Lonely Child") for a commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Cinematographer Matthew Rome of California films Lander-Grinspoon Academy music educator Felicia Sloin and LGA students singing during a commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 5/3/2019 10:26:36 AM
Modified: 5/3/2019 10:26:24 AM

NORTHAMPTON – On Thursday, sixth graders at Lander-Grinspoon Academy commemorated Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a performance of the song “Dos Elnte Kind” (“The Lonely Child”), and a visit from someone with a direct connection to the song. The song describes the life of a young girl, Sarah Krynska, in hiding during the Holocaust. Krynska’s daughter, Alix Wall, and filmmaker Marc Smolowitz — also the child of a “hidden child” — are producing a documentary about the people keeping the song alive across the world today, like LGA music teacher Felicia Sloin. When Wall’s mother died in 2002, she taught the song to Sloin to perform at Krynska’s memorial and since then Sloin has been performing and teaching the song every year as she marks Yom HaShoah.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com



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