A boulevard in Haifa was inaugurated in the name of Mike Brant
45 years after his tragic death, Mike Brant Boulevard was inaugurated on August 5th in the Kiryat Eliezer neighbourhood of Haifa, not far from where he grew up – 10 Sarah Street.
Brant, who is considered the most successful international Israeli star of all time, was commemorated in Paris in the square that bears his name, but in Israel, this is the first time that the singer is commemorated.
His brother Zvika Brand said at the ceremony:
“It’s time to commemorate the sons of Haifa in the city where he grew up and loved.”
Mike Brant was born on February 1, 1947 as Moshe Michael Brand, Hebrew: משה מיכאל ברנד, in the detention camp in Famagusta, Cyprus, to Polish parents who fled Europe from the horrors of the Holocaust. After the family immigrated to Israel, they settled in the lower city of Haifa.
He began his singing career in Israel but was not successful. He moved to France and became famous. Although at the beginning of his career he did not know any word in French but only read French words written for him in Hebrew letters, he was a huge success and became the most successful Israeli singer abroad. His most famous song was “Laisse Moi T’aimer” (“Let Me Love You”).
In 1975, at the age of 28 years, Brant put an end to his life and was buried in the Hof HaCarmel cemetery in Haifa. Brant’s grave has become a place of pilgrimage, which is still visited by his many admirers in Israel and around the world.
Photo: Adir Yeziref