Barack Mandela
Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

The Official Holocaust Remembrance Anthem

Barack Mandela talking to a rabbi at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem.
Barack Mandela talking to a rabbi at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem.

During the Holocaust, approximately seven million Jewish people lost their lives in the genocidal campaign carried out by the vicious Third Reich. There needs to be an official anthem and hymn to commemorate the Holocaust.

In particular, we must educate the hip hop generation about the Holocaust. There are millions of rap music listeners who remain uneducated about the Holocaust, which is referred to as the “Shoah” in Hebrew.

Since I am a rapper with the stage name “21 Rothschild”, I have written a hip hop song about the importance of remembering the Holocaust, Jewish suffering, and fighting anti-Semitism:

“So many lives lost…In the Holocaust                                                                                           And we can never exhaust                                                                                                             Our love for those who paid the ultimate cost                                                                             There must never be another Holocaust

I didn’t know what I was living for                                                                                              It seemed like God had closed the door                                                                                        Then, I talked to a Jewish man who escaped Sobibor                                                                  Now, I appreciate the blessings of life much more

So many cried that the ground shook                                                                                        Outside the walls of Ravensbruck                                                                                         Then ten thousand Jewish voices made a sound                                                                    And the walls of the death camp came crumbling down

We felt so much pain that our heart sank                                                                                       Remembering the sacrifice of Anne Frank                                                                                Jewish pain we must all see                                                                                                          By reading Anne Frank’s diary

We’ve got to remember                                                                                                                Yet, we can’t live in the past                                                                                                    Our hearts burn like an ember                                                                                                      We’ve got to fight to the last 

So, let’s gather as friends                                                                                                               And scream ‘never again’                                                                                                          To bring hatred to an end

Through all the pain of Buchenwald                                                                               Through all the hate that we revile                                                                                          Through all the war within our midst                                                                                          We must remember life’s a precious gift

All of the pain that we can think of                                                                                      Suffered by Jewish victims in Treblinka                                                                                    All the lives lost, we mourn ya                                                                                                     As we worship God and study Torah

Yes, I am a Jewish man                                                                                                                I’m 100 per cent masculine                                                                                                          And I cry out ‘never again’                                                                                                          Yes, I’m the black-Jewish Eminem

But most rappers only rap about their own problems                                                                  While I prefer to rap about Jewish problems                                                                              If I don’t get directly involved;                                                                                            These Jewish problems will never get solved

I’m stone cold rapping just like a boss                                                                                          To preserve the memory of the Holocaust                                                                                  While I’m shattering the racist prism                                                                                          And I’m crushing all anti-Semitism

I’m a man who never forgets                                                                                                        Yes, I remember the pain of Auschwitz                                                                                      Let’s move forward and never regress                                                                                        Let’s all support the World Jewish Congress!”

The End

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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