The Dave Cash Collection

The "crazy lad" of the Yiddish cabarets!

Representing approximately 200 documents, the Dave Cash (Louis/Ludwig Slomniker) Collection takes us into the musical atmosphere of the post-war Yiddish cabarets.

Dave Cash, whose real name was Ludwig (Louis) Slomniker, was born in the polish town Lemberg (today callede Lviv), on Octobre 3, 1910. He studied dance and theatre and performed in Poland as an artist, dancer, singer, humorist, mainly in the Yiddish language. After the war, he got married to the dancer Yadwiga Podstolska, with whom he settled in France in 1948. He then pertformed regularly in the Parisian Yiddish cabarets and recorded several songs with the music label label Elesdisc.

The Dave Cash collection was built with the reedition in 2015 of a 6 CD boxset Jewish Music in Paris in the Aftermath of WWII, Elesdisc 1948-1953, created from remastered 78 RPM discs. This collection was enriched by David Winter, Dave Cash’s grand-nephew, who deposited to the EIJM many documents (78, 33 and 45 RPM discs, audio cassettes, photographies, press clips, posters…), tracing back Dave Cash’s career, the “crazy lad” of Yiddish cabarets !

cash_compil_2.jpgDuring the first edition of campus en musique organized by the Medem Center Arbeter Ring on April 22nd 2017, David Winter enriched this holding with more than 150 documents.

You can now consult these archives on our online catalogue (browse Dave Cash’s archives), or by taking an appointment with the European Institute of Jewish Music (

Learn more about Dave Cash
Purchase the 6 pack CD’s « Musiques juives dans le Paris de l’après-guerre- Elesdisc 1948-1943, coll Archives, vol. 1 à 6


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