‘Last klezmer of Galicia’ Leopold Kozłowski-Kleinman dies

Polish pianist and honorary citizen of Kraków, Leopold Kozłowski-Kleinman, called the “last klezmer of Galicia”, died at 100 on Tuesday.

He celebrated his hundredth birthday in November 2018.

Born in a Jewish family in 1918 near Lviv, Mr Kozłowski-Kleinman lost his parents during the Holocaust. After the WWII, he joined the Polish People’s Army. Post-war fate connected the pianist with Kraków. After 1989, he associated his artistic life with Jewish music.

He won several awards during his lifetime including the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis awarded by the Polish culture ministry. In 2014, he was made an honorary citizen of Kraków.

Klezmer is a traditional musician of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe.

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