David Beyglman Zamdn Glien Oyf Der Zun (Sand glows off the sun):
David Beyglman, Conductor, composer & theater director in the Lodz ghetto, was born in 1887 in Poland. Beyglman began his musical education at a young age, studying several instruments, mainly the clarinet and the violin. In the winter of 1940, Begylman along with approximately 230,000 other Jewish residents were deported to the Lodz ghetto. Cultural activity continued in the early years of the war and of ghetto life, and new forms of musical and theatrical expression were adapted to the harsh conditions of life. During this time, performers found their stage in the street, the workplace and in the home. In addition, there were many professional concerts and theater shows staged in the House of Culture and in the sports hall of the ghetto’s gymnasium. In the early years of the war, the ghetto's Symphony Orchestra, the Lodz Choral Society Hazamir and the Revue Theater gave regular concerts, many of which were conducted and directed by David Beyglman. The House of Culture was officially closed in the summer of 1942. In all, eighty-five shows were produced in the House of Culture, drawing over seventy-thousand audience members. David Beyglman wrote this song just before he was deported to Auschwitz in August of 1944.