Matisyahu gives packed concert near Auschwitz

Born-again Orthodox Jewish rapper headlined "Life Festival" in town just outside of site of notorious Nazi death camp.

By JTA
June 19, 2011 18:26
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Matisyahu no hat 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Thousands of fans packed a stadium just a few miles from the notorious Auschwitz death camp for a concert by the Jewish reggae rapper Matisyahu.

Matisyahu was the headliner of Saturday night's "Life Festival" in Oswiecim, the town in southern Poland outside which the Auschwitz camp is located.

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His show, which started around midnight, closed the three-day music and camping festival, which was founded last year by a popular Polish DJ to use music and youth culture to fight anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia and send "a message of peace and tolerance" from the place that is a symbol of the Holocaust.

Matisyahu was to perform a sold-out concert Sunday in the Nozyk synagogue in Warsaw, his first concert in the Polish capital.

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