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In Memorian

Prof. Alexander Tamir was the patron of the second WDCA in 2019. Sadly, he passed away on August 15, 2019. The 2nd WDCA is dedicated to his memory.

Alexander Tamir

Wolfgang Hauck, Alexander Tamir, Brach Bdil, 2018, photo Conny Kurz

Alexander Tamir (1931-2019)

The competition in 2024 is dedicated in memory of Alexander Tamir. He was the guest of honor at the first competition in 2018 and his master student, Bracha Bdil, won first prize.

Alexander Wolkovsky (later Tamir) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1942, as an eleven-year-old boy, he composed a Yiddish song called “Shtiler, Shtiler” (“Rest, Rest”, also known as “Ponar” in Hebrew) for a music competition in the Jewish ghetto, which was run by Wolf Durmashkin. The song was set to music as a lullaby to confuse the Nazi occupiers. Many of the intended singers were killed before they could take part in the competition. The story of this episode and Tamir’s return to his birthplace is told in the Israeli film Ponar.

He changed his name to Tamir after settling in Jerusalem after the Second World War.