Auschwitz Survivor Collaborates with Hip-Hop Group

Published: January 28th 2010

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It’s not everyday that you see an 85 year old collaborating with a hip-hop band. In fact, Esther Bejarano might just be the first. The Holocaust survivor who lived through Auschwitz has teamed up with hip-hop band Microphone Mafia to spread her anti-racism message to German youth.


Bejarano grew up in a very musical home. Her father was a Jewish cantor from Saarbruecken in western Germany and she studied piano until the Nazi regime. She was sent to Auschwitz and forced to play in the girls' orchestra at the death camp. Bejarano survived, but her immediate family was killed.


For the last 20 years, she’s played Yiddish melodies and Jewish resistance songs with her children Yoram and Edna in a band called Coincidence. About two years ago, Kutlu Yurtseven, a Turkish immigrant and rapper from Microphone Mafia, contacted Bejarano's group to see if they would be interested in a collaboration. The result is an album and a tour which Bejarano is currently on with the band.


They sing about world peace in the song Shalom, off the CD she released with Microphone Mafia in 2009.



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