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Di Shvue — the Anthem of the Bund

Di Shvue (The Oath) was the anthem of the Jewish Labor Bund, to which my grandmother belonged. It was composed by Shloyme Rappoport (S. Ansky, 1863 – 1920). This rendition was performed by Zahava Seewald. These are the lyrics translated from the Yiddish: 

Brothers and sisters in toil and struggle,

All who are dispersed far and wide,

Come together, the flag is ready.

It waves in anger, it is red with blood!

Swear an oath of life and death!

 

Heaven and earth will hear us,

The bright stars will bear witness.

An oath of blood, an oath of tears,

We swear, we swear, we swear!

 

We swear an endless loyalty to the Bund.

Only it can free the slaves now.

The red flag is high and wide.

It waves in anger, it is red with blood!

Swear an oath of life and death! 

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