78 rpm Recordings of European Jewish Music
About This Site
This site is a personal project of Michael Aylward. Mr Aylward is a freelance translator specialising in insurance. His non-insurance translation work includes:
Herbert Marcuse; Karl Popper; Revolution or Reform? A Confrontation. (Chicago: New University Press, 1976)
Horst J.P. Bergmeier;
Ejal Jakob Eisler; Rainer E. Lotz; Vorbei - Beyond
Recall : A Record of Jewish Musical Life in Nazi
In addition to discographical research, his hobbies include gardening, foraging for nuts and berries and curling up and sleeping most of the winter. He loathes spring and summer and fears that he has recently become a grumpy old man.
Please contact the author with any inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Joel Bresler for appointing himself my webmaster. I would have been incapable of doing this website myself and without Joel's assistance it simply would not exist.
Over the years I have been helped by countless hundreds of individuals. There are simply too many to list here, but special thanks must go to:
Alan Kelly, David Anderson, Arthur Badrock, Roger Beardsley, Blanche Belfer, Stephen Berr, Ilan Biber, John Bolig, Joel Bresler, Paul Cleary, Bill Dean-Myatt, John DeMetrick, Julian Futter, Norman Field, Misha Gavrilovich, Pekka Gronow, Michael Gunrem, Alex Hartov, Gilbert Humbert, Tony Langford, Karsten Lehl, Tomasz Lerski, Dr Rainer Lotz, Alain Mitzmacher, Peter Nahon, Dr Risto Pekka Pennanen, Mike Richter, Dick Spottswood, Hugo Strötbaum, Nathan Tinanoff, Paul Vernon, Bret Werb, Kurtis Williams and Jeffrey Wollock for much discographical information and advice.
This site is dedicated to my long-suffering mother and late father who for so many years tolerated and continue to endure my obsessions and the chaos that trails in their wake.
I also wish to dedicate the site to two outstanding personalities - the English discographer Alan Kelly and Leonard Prager, doyen of Yiddish studies.
The overwhelming generosity and assistance I received from Alan in the early days gave my project the impetus it needed to truly get off the ground. Everything I know about the work of the discographer I learnt from him.
As for Leonard Prager, words fail me. Leonard died a few days ago (11 December 2008) after a lifetime spent rescuing Yiddish from near oblivion. He was greatly interested in this project and I was looking forward so much to presenting him with this website.
Both men are supreme examples of the enormous difference a single individual can make to the world.
Posted 22 December 2008.
Copyright 2008, Michael Aylward