Esther Bejarano, the musician of the Auschwitz orchestra, dies. A camp survivor, she was 96 years old

Esther Bejarano, the musician of the Auschwitz orchestra, dies. A camp survivor, she was 96 years old
Esther Bejarano, the musician of the Auschwitz orchestra, dies. A camp survivor, she was 96 years old

She died this morning in the Jewish hospital in Hamburg, Esther Bejarano, a survivor of the concentration camp of Auschwitz where was part ofwomen’s orchestra of the field. The musician, one of the last survivors of the ensemble, had 96 years old and “he did not suffer”, said his friends Helga Obens, of the International Committee on Auschwitz. Many messages of condolence arrived for the death of the woman who was the symbol of fight on the far right and xenophobia.

Born on 15 December 1924 in Saarlouis to a family of Jewish musicians, the woman lost her family in 1941 in Lithuania, exterminated by the Nazis. She was imprisoned and forced into forced labor. His deportation to Auschwitz dates back to the beginning of 1943. Her musical talent saved her life because she was put to play in the orchestra as she reinvented herself as an accordion musician. Bejarano, in fact, played the piano, but since there were no places available as a pianist, he learned to play the accordion.

After the war moved to Israel, to then return to Germany with her husband and children in 1960. In the eighties she gave birth to a musical group and with her children she performed interpreting, among others, songs belonging to the Jewish tradition and anti-fascist songs. He recently toured Germany with the rap band Microphone Mafia made up of Cologne musicians, of which he had been the voice since 2009. “A decisive voice in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism”, declared the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in un tweet.

As theAnne Frank Education Centre of Frankfurt, in recent years Bajarano had raised concerns about the rise of the far right and the emergence of neo-Nazi movements in Europe. “For those who have experienced those things – he said in 2014 in an interview with German wave – it is impossible to describe how serious it is ”, referring to the growth of extreme anti-immigration or anti-Islamic movements, such as AfD or Pegida.

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Esther Bejarano musician Auschwitz orchestra dies camp survivor years

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