This Day in Jewish History / The Lawyer Who Saved Jewish Music Dies

A chance rebuke propelled the lawyer Yoel Engel into a new career: collecting the 'national music' of the Jewish people.

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February 11, 1927, is the day on which composer and musicologist Joel Engel died. Engel was a lawyer and intellectual who, shaken up by the offhand remark of a non-Jewish friend, overnight became the...