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"That first time I was in Auschwitz (on a Bearing Witness Retreat with Zen Peacemakers), I had my harmonium with me because I had been singing in Europe, so I took it into the women’s barracks and I thought, “I will do some Devi Puja here. I will sing to

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"That first time I was in Auschwitz (on a Bearing Witness Retreat with Zen Peacemakers), I had my harmonium with me because I had been singing in Europe, so I took it into the women’s barracks and I thought, “I will do some Devi Puja here. I will sing to the Goddess, the perfect woman who embodies all the women.” So I got in there and I put up the harmonium, I was just about to sing and I thought to myself, “Well…” First of all, it was so full. I don’t think I’ve ever sang to more people than the beings I felt in that barracks, empty barracks. I don’t have these kinds of experiences, but I just felt it, so I asked them, 'What should I sing to you?'..."
- Krishna Das

Watch the full conversation below with Bernie Glassman Bernie Glassman from 2015, full of honest, raw personal experiences from Zen Peacemakers' Bearing Witness Retreats. Includes a rare video of KD chanting in Birkenau.

Krishna Das asked this into the silence of the women’s barracks in Auschwitz/Birkenau. Hear the answer that came in this video conversation between him and Bernie Glassman. They met soon after the ‪Zen Peacemakers‬ 2015 ‪Native American‬ ‪Bearing Witness‬ Retreat and shared their experiences in the ‪‎Black Hills‬, ‪South Dakota‬ and in ‪‎Auschwitz‬/Birkenau, ‪Poland‬. Included here is a rare video of KD playing in Birkenau.

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