1879 (Raysha (Rzeszow), Central Galacia)
1942 (Rzeszow Ghetto, 1942 - No details have survived concerning circumstances of his death)
Hobn Mir A Nigndl, The Songs of the Yiddish Troubadour Nokhm Shternheim
The Jewish Music Research Center
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2000
The poet Nachum Sternheim was born in Rzeszow in 1879 and died in the
Rzeszow Ghetto in 1942
He studied in Yeshiva until the age of seventeen. He was active in the professional union of workers and officials from 1897. He was one of the activists of Poale Zion in Rzeszow in 1904. His first songs were published in the “Wachenblatt” newspaper of Leibel Taubisz. He left Rzeszow in 1908 and moved to the United States. He earned his livelihood from factory work in America, and published Yiddish songs. He returned to Rzeszow in 1912. He toured the Jewish communities of Galicia. He lectured on Jewish national poetry and performed his songs. He became famous as one of the national Yiddish songwriters.
The enemy pillaged our city, took the city from us, grabbed away the cradles of our children, took our lives, and destroyed our graves. Nothing remains from those days, only the violin and songs of Nachum Sternheim.
“Das Lidele, Das Fidele
Un Oich Das Alte Yidele”
(“The Little song, the violin,
And also the old Jew”.)