Ben Zimet – from shadow to light

A radio broadcast of the European Institute of Jewish Music, hosted by Hervé Roten


Anvers, 1940, young Benjamin Zimet is 5 years old when starts the second world war. Along with his parents, brother and sister, they reach Bordeaux to board for America. But it’s too late, the last boat left three days before !
They will hide in several different places for the next 5 years, and this will mark forever young Ben.

70 years later, Ben Zimet, Yiddish singer and story teller, dives back into this hard past with his new show and CD « Ben Zimet – a child from Corrèze ».
In this show, intended at first for schools and high schools, Ben Zimet tells the story of his life as a hidden child during the years of occupation, rhythmed with Yiddish and French songs of that time.

Ben Zimet and his producer Michel Lévy will talk of this musical adventure, pictured by this phrase, said by Catherine Garrec, teacher at the origin of this project, « To resist ; To believe in mankind. To believe everything is possible. To pass on and share…

Listen samples from the CD « Ben Zimet – un enfant de la Corrèze »
Read Ben Zimet’s biography

Ben Zimet : de l’ombre à la lumière - Hervé Roten (Judaïques FM 94.8)

Officer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute for Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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