Max Raabe in Israel

In 2010 German singer Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester brought their “Tonight or Never” concert program on their first tour to Israel. In the concerts, Max Raabe’s impeccable voice took his audience on a nostalgic trip back to the Berlin of the 1920s and early 30s, with songs made famous by Marlene Dietrich, the Comedian Harmonists, the Andrew Sisters, and Irving Berlin. The lyrics to these songs were written almost exclusively by Jews, many of whom did not survive the War. For the young audience experiencing this music for the first time, this was a chance to become familiarized with an old era; for the older audience, this was a chance to remember the songs from their youth in Germany.

Part concert, part film, part travelogue, Max Raabe in Israel stands out for its honest and open approach to a subject that is still so delicate. “These Jewish composers guarantee our success. We keep these names alive,” explains Raabe. Despite the musicians’ trepidations, the tour was also an opportunity, a challenge, and a gift. Most notable are the encounters with Berlin-born Israelis, now in their 80s and 90s, who recall the Weimar-ear songs. The meetings between these elders and the musicians were profoundly moving and meaningful. From:

90 minutes


Shown at

  1. 19th Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam - 2013
  2. Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  3. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2013

4 Responses

  1. miranda munson says:

    How can I get this DVD?

  2. John Doe says:

    Here’s a recording of that documentary (german TV):

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