Israeli Singer Makes Holocaust Survivor’s Dream Come True (VIDEO)
A decades old wish came true Tuesday when a 78-year-old had a poem she wrote about her experiences during the Holocaust set to music by Israeli musician Jacko Eisenberg.
Jenny Rosenstein was 6 years old and held captive in a concentration camp when she saw a Nazi soldier smash her sister’s skull. It was from that moment that the fair-haired girl – who loved playing the piano and singing to her heart’s content – suddenly found it excruciating to communicate with anyone, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
Years after World War II, and following a protracted period of intense psychological counseling, Rosenstein finally began to reconnect with the world around her.
However, she still wasn’t able to embrace her first love: singing.
That changed a few weeks ago when Rosenstein was guest of honor at the annual “Roots of Giving” gathering held on behalf of Holocaust survivors. Eisenberg was one of the guest performers and as he left the stage Rosenstein cornered him and shared her long held dream of being a singer — a dream slaughtered by the Nazis.
Rosenstein told the musician she contacted several composers and singers over the years, but not one of them found time to meet with her and see her poetry.
Eisenberg was the exception. The pair met Tuesday at her home and spent several hours culling through long forgotten poems – and put some of them to music, Channel 2 reported.
Eisenberg, who shot to fame after winning season 4 of Israel’s version of the Pop Idol musical competition, was awestruck by Rosenstein’s writing talent.
“She handed me the binder of songs that she had written over the years and I could not stop reading,” he said. “I came to provide strength and I left Jenny feeling strengthened.”
“This was the first time I had ever sat with a Holocaust survivor and heard a personal story [from that era] face-to-face.” he said. “I’m so glad I had the privilege to hear Jenny’s story and now have the opportunity to pass it on.”
Watch a video of the event below: