Highlights from the First Memorial Concert dedicated to the master Moshe Koussevitzsky, March 14, 1982, Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, Brooklyn NY. Also on youtube.com/watch?v=67K8yJgwG-U .Cantor Matus Radzivilover & Ensemble singing "Kel Moleh Rachamim" "אל מלא רחמים"
The Bio of Matus from the song "Matus Radzivilover" by Linn Lorkin:
"He was born in Radzivil in Poland where his father dealt in matches
But Papa died in a train crash and so Tante Basya brought up kleine Matus
He could have gone to med school but his heart was set on something risky
And he became apprenticed to the famous Cantor Moishe Koussevitzsky/
In 1939 he fled from Warsaw to escape the Nazi order
And with a group of refugees he fled on foot across the Russian border
And In a little Russian town he fell in love with Channa and her married her
And as the fighting threatened to engulf them they took refuge in Siberia/
And when the the war was ended back to Poland with his wife and daughter came
But the family home was ruined and not one of his own relatives remained
They sailed to New York City and he found some work in Stiebelach on the Lower East Side
And living 'neath the synagogue once saved the torah from a raging fire/
A second girl was born and he became the cantor of the famous Slonimer Shul
And to the congregation there his singing was a bright and precious jewel
He sang across America in synagogues from L.A. to the Catskills
In Toronto, Buenos Aires, a long, long way from the Polish town of Radzivil
Cantor Matus Radzivilover author of Now Or Never: A Time For Survival.
Cantor Matus Radzivilover was Nifter in Miami Beach, FL. א אלול תשנ"ו - August 16, 1996.
Bio Lyrics: “copyright by Linn Lorkin 2000" and also recorded by The Jews Brothers Band on "My Yiddish Swing" ( Rouge Records)." Track #8
Cantor Matus Radzivilover זצ"ל
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