BERLIN (Reuters) - Two aging Holocaust survivors joined forces with a younger Israeli singer to perform songs of hope at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday at a time when Germany is seeing a rise in anti-Semitism.
Saul Dreier, a drummer aged 92, and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, an 89-year-old accordionist, backed up Gad Elbaz at a site once used by Adolf Hitler for anti-Semitic speeches.
“I don’t want to cry. If I can be 92 and be here after what I went through - there are no words,” Dreier told Reuters at the end of a long and emotional day.
“This is a miracle. I lost 30 people in my family,” he told a crowd of around 80 people before the performance.
Dreier said recent news of neo-Nazi marches in the United States and Germany made him sick and brought back memories of the horrors of the Nazi regime that killed 6 million Jews. “It’s very frightening. Young people have to make sure it never happens again.”
The men, who both live in Florida, formed their “Holocaust Survivors Band” in 2014 and went on to play in front of packed audiences from Warsaw and Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.
Elbaz said the event in Berlin was meant to make sure younger people remained vigilant about the dangers of anti-Semitism.
“This is about reviving history and showing our generation how important it is not to forget where we came from, what we’ve been through, and that it should never happen again,” he said.