The second half of this book contains source materials and references valuable to the study of Yiddish song. However, it is Hirschhorn's own re-imaginings that speak most deeply to me, as a Gentile, of the power of song and poetry to address unspeakable hardship.
I'm a Jewish Spurs supporter and have had a season-ticket for two decades. The Tottenham faithful have incessantly chanted Yid Army throughout that time. And while I have witnessed the occasional flurry of anti-Semitic chanting, it has been decidedly rare.
For Spurs fans, Yid is not synonymous with Jew. It incorporates all minorities and makes Tottenham unique as the outstanding multicultural, accepting club in Europe.