Jean Ferrat was born as Jean Tenenbaum on 26 December
26, 1930 at Vaucresson, France, as the youngest child of four.
His father Menachem, a Jewish emigrant from Russia, was deported
in 1942 to the concentration camp Auschwitz when Jean was
11 years old. Jean was saved by a resistance fighter. Father
Menachem died in Auschwitz. Jean left school after the liberation
to help his family to survive financially.
Jean Ferrat became a French singer, musician, composer
and song writer. He wrote about 200 songs. His career started
at the end of the 1950's. In 1961, he married Christine Sèvres
who was also a singer. She incorporated some of his songs
into her repertoire.
He died on March 13, 2010 in hospital in
One of his well-known songs is ‘La Montagne’,
which has been covered in other languages apart from French.
Ferrat was known for his critical views on social society.
For this reason his songs were banished from French broadcastings
during the sixties. The song which we are presenting is about
concentration camps, undoubtedly a reference to what happened
to his father.