Moving video: Austrian rescuer teaches Syrian refugees a Yiddish song

A Viennese son of Hitler refugees, Hans Breuer has been shpherding Syrians to safety across his country, all the while teaching them to join in singing his Yiddish heritage.

The video went up on Youtube a couple of months ago and is gathering a global audience.

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The words of the song are:

By the roadside stands a tree;
All the birds have flown.
Turn to the west, turn to the east,
And the rest–turn toward the south,
And the tree is abandoned to the storm.

I say to mama–“Listen, If you don’t stand in my way,
Then, one–two, I’ll quickly become a bird.
I’ll sit in the tree and lull it during the winter,
Comfort with a lovely tune.”

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