© Michèle Pauty//

ABOUT

me//

I was born in Vienna and raised in a secular Jewish family.  Growing up in Vienna I was both rooted in mainstream Austrian culture as well as in the Jewish community. After finishing high school I spent a gap-year in Israel, doing social work and living in kibbutzim. Though a meaningful experience, it made me realize that my Jewish identity was rooted in the diaspora, not in Israel.

I moved to Amsterdam where I studied social sciences and became a political activist for various social justice movements. This was when I stumbled upon the tradition of Yiddish revolutionary songs, which accommodated both my Jewish identity as well as my activism.

 

After my studies, I moved back to Vienna, where I started performing Yiddish revolutionary songs both on stage and at demonstrations. In addition, I continue to deal with diasporic Jewish identity in my academic and journalistic work.

© Michèle Pauty//

© Michèle Pauty//

© Michèle Pauty//

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