participated with Oscar
Kartaginsky in "Krumen shpigl." At first in Los Angeles,
where she made her home in 1922, she continued, through
the initiative of Dr. Leo Blass, Y.L. Malamut, Chaim
Shapiro and Dr. Y. Wortsman, she returned to being
active in Jewish cultural life, and she began to perform
with Yiddish folk songs and songs from Jewish poets, at
first for the former proletariat sanitarium, which the
now-famous "City of Hope," for a Jewish high school [folksshul],
YIVO, Yiddish culture club and various national
In 1937, on the way to Eretz
Yisroel, F. performed in New York on the "EVD [WEVD]"
radio [station], on the "Forward Program," and evoked a
great appearance. About her concert performances in
Israel, the known Israeli writer Avraham Liss writes:
"It should be noted that it
was the first concert of Yiddish songs in Eretz Yisroel.
There there already was 'arayngekhopt' a Yiddish
song as contraband merchandise. This time the Yiddish
song was dedicated to an entire evening. The press had
avoided the performance both before and later, not
wanting to 'reclaim' [it], even in the local news. 'Dkhr'
genoy vi, harts.' No one has every come. Also this
is already a degree [madreyge]!
In 1947 P. created a tour,
together with the poet H. Rosenblatt, across Chicago,
New York, Detroit and Canada, and performed with
concerts, and also performed on the radio concerts of
In 1952 P. was invited on
two concerts to Mexico for the society "Culture and
Assistance [Kultur un Hilf]."
In 1957-58 with her husband,
she visited the Land of Israel, where she performed in
concerts for the "Muetst hapuelut."
In the span of all the years
that P. had performed in Los Angeles, she was greatly
loved and became the "songstress of the people." Her
every performance constantly was constantly received
with great love and affection.
In a conversation, which she
had with Celia Silver (Zylbercweig), she recalled that
when Sidor Belarsky once in Los Angeles had sung
Reisen's "Du fregst mikh vi alt ikh bin," a women then
who came to her and said that "Belarsky" had not been
allowed to sing her song," and Celia Silver remarked:
"And Feigele sang for me a
song with such heart and soul, that I understand every
woman who was sure that the song was written only for
Feigele Panitz. Her voice clung and licked the ear.
Every word is clear, as if starting from stone, and
nevertheless lies in so many hearts and souls."
P. recorded a part of her
repertoire, an album, which contains the songs:
"Yankele," "Di zun iz fargangen," "In goldenem land" (Gebertig),
"S'iz avek der nekhtn" (Dr. Chaim Zhitlowsky), "Shpilt
mir oyf a nayem sher," and "Kh'lib a sheyn yingele,"
accompanied by her daughter Sylvia Neufeld.
An album, which contains the
songs: "Weig-lid (Mani Leib -- Pinchas Jassinowsky), "Mame,
mame" (Ch. Rosenblatt) -- F. Lemkoff), "Di zun iz
fargangen" (M. Gebertig), "Shtiler, shtiler" (Sh.
Kaczerginski), "Kh'hob nokh in lebn" (Avrom Reisen -- L.
Feingold), "Got fun avraham" (H. Rosenblatt -- Sh. Golub)
"Hmbdil," "Yankele," and "Brengt der shadchen" (M.
Gebertig), and the folk song, "L'chaim, rebinyu,"
accompanied by her daughter.
The songs "Brengt der
shadchan" and "Weig-lid" were previously
issued as a special record [RCA Victor.]
[--] -- "Forverts-shtunde
tseykhent zikh oys mit khanukah program," "Forward,"
N.Y., 3 Dec. 1937.
[--] -- Der ovnt fun
yidishn lid, kontsert fun feigele panitsh, "Naye
velt," Tel Aviv, 31 Dec. 1937.
(Zylbercweig) -- Feigele panitz, di hartsige
folkszingerin velkhe shm't ibr gants amerika, "Der
amerikaner," N.Y., 9 July 1948.
Y. R-g -- Dos gezang
fun feigele panitz, "Forward," Mexico, 18 July 1951.
S. Posniak -- Oyfn
moment, "Farvoys," Mexico, 19 July 1951.
Yitskhok Berliner --
Nigun, "Der veg," Mexico, 21 July 1951.