Product DescriptionMendel Rosenbusch - Tales for Jewish Children is a neglected collection of folk-tales for Jewish children originally published in Germany in 1929.
Children – and even some adults – in a Jewish settlement in eastern Europe are bedazzled by a village elder whose magical powers show them how to behave. In the story Mendel Rosenbusch - a kind elderly gentleman - mysteriously receives a magic coin that allows him to become invisible at will. He uses this power to perform anonymous good deeds for his neighbors.
Born in 1903 in Wikowitz – then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire later part of Czechoslovakia – Ilse Weber became a well-known children’s radio entertainer and wrote three books for children of which Mendel Rosenbusch is the last. She also composed and sang songs accompanying herself on mandolin. She married Willi Weber a pioneer in what was then British mandate Palestine. Her first son Hanus was born in 1930 and Thomas followed in 1933.
In 1942 the family was transported to Theresienstadt Camp where Ilse nursed children at the infirmary and entertained them with songs. In 1944 she accompanied Thomas on childrens transport to Auschwitz where they were gassed. Hanus survived with family of a friend of Ilse’s whose father served in the Swedish diplomatic corps. Will survived Auschwitz. Her music was resurrected by Willi and Hanus after they dug them up from their Theresienstadt hiding place. Hanus – now 82 – lives in Sweden.
Ilse’s songs were recorded by Ann-Sophie von Otter and Brent Kahan in 2007.