Katja Ebstein

Katja Ebstein

Ebstein at the Eurovision Song Contest 1970 in Amsterdam
Background information
Birth name Karin Witkiewicz
Born (1945-03-09) 9 March 1945
Girlachsdorf, Germany (now Gniewków, Poland)
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969–present
Katja Ebstein rehearsing for the Eurovision Song Contest 1980

Katja Ebstein (born Karin Witkiewicz; 9 March 1945) is a German singer. She was born in Girlachsdorf (now Gniewków, Poland). She achieved success with songs such as Theater or Es war einmal ein Jäger. She was married to Christian Bruhn, who wrote many of her songs. She represented West Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest three times: 1970, 1971, and 1980. Her best performance was in 1980 when she gained second place with the entry Theater. As noted by John Kennedy O'Connor in his book The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History,[1] Ebstein is the most successful performer to have taken part in the contest, without ever winning. She is the only singer to appear in the top three on three separate occasions.


Studio albums




  1. O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books UK 2007. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  2. The position of all songs that reached the Top Twenty of the German singles charts are listed. Ehnert, Günter (ed.): Hit Bilanz. Deutsche Chart Singles 1956-1980. Hamburg: Taurus Press, 1990, p. 67
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Preceded by
Siw Malmkvist
with Primaballerina
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
1970 & 1971
Succeeded by
Mary Roos
with Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben
Preceded by
Dschinghis Khan
with Dschinghis Khan
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Lena Valaitis
with Johnny Blue
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