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Konstantin Kozakevich from Russia

“The last time I was in Moscow was two years ago. And when I returned to Germany I felt like I was flying home…”

25.04.2013 DW Im Focus Wildfremd Konstantin 1

25.04.2013 DW Im Focus Wildfremd Konstantin 1

Konstantin, a Jewish singer and choir leader, came to Germany with his family in 2005. The main reason for leaving Russia was the growing anti-Semitism there. He was happy to be moving to Leipzig, the city associated with his idol Johann Sebastian Bach. At first he had trouble finding work and dealing with official red tape. Then he suffered a personal blow: his wife left him, taking their young son with her.