Esther Béjarano

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Esther Béjarano at a demonstration against the neo-nazi NPD in Berlin

Esther Béjarano (born 15 December 1924 in Saarlouis) and Anita Lasker Wallfisch are among the last survivors of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz.

Biography[edit]

Béjarano was born as Esther Loewy as a daughter of the Head Cantor of a Jewish municipality. The father encouraged his daughter to get interested in music and Esther learned to play the piano. At age 15 she had to separate from her parents, in order to prepare for emigration to Palestine. This emigration was thwarted by the Nazis. She carried out two years of hard labour in Neuendorf Labour Camp close to Fürstenwalde/Spree. On 20 April 1943 all members of the labour camp were deported to Auschwitz. There she had to drag stones until she joined the Girl orchestra of Auschwitz. In the orchestra, she played the accordion. The orchestra had the task of playing for the daily march of the gangs by the camp gate. She survived Auschwitz. She emigrated to Palestine and returned later to Germany. At the beginning of the 1980s, with her daughter Edna and son Joram, she created the musical group Coincidence. They sing songs from the ghetto and Jewish as well as anti-fascist songs. Béjarano lives today in Hamburg. She is a co-founder and chairman of the International Auschwitz Committee and honorary chairman of the Union of Persecutees of the Nazi Regime. She was awarded the Carl von Ossietzky medal and holds the Cross of Merit, First class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. And she was honored with ethecon's 2013 "Blue Planet Award" [1] for her "relentless activity for peace and against anti-Semitism, racism and fascism".[2]

Sources[edit]

  • Esther Béjarano, Birgit Gärtner, Wir leben trotzdem: Esther Béjarano – vom Mädchenorchester in Auschwitz zur Künstlerin für den Frieden ("We live, nevertheless: Esther Béjarano – from Girl Orchestra in Auschwitz to artist for peace"), Pahl-Rugenstein, Bonn (2005). Third edition, corrected and expanded (2007) ISBN 3-89144-353-6 (German)
  • Damit nie wieder geschehe, was damals geschah" in "Perlensau - Ausgewählte Gedichte ("So that that which once happened never happens again" from "Pig of Pearls – Selected Poems") Leander Sukov. ISBN 978-3-940274-06-9 (German)
  • Esther Béjarano, "La ragazza con la fisarmonica. Dall’orchestra di Auschwitz alla musica Rap", A cura di Antonella Romeo, Prefazione di Bruno Maida, Allegato DVD "Esther che suonava la fisarmonica nell’orchestra di Auschwitz", Regia di Elena Valsania, Edizioni SEB27, 2013 (ISBN 978-88-86618-94-6) http://www.seb27.it/content/la-ragazza-con-la-fisarmonica

Film[edit]

  • "Esther che suonava la fisarmonica nell’orchestra di Auschwitz", Regia di Elena Valsania, Felìz - Edizioni SEB27, DVD allegato al volume: Esther Béjarano, "La ragazza con la fisarmonica. Dall’orchestra di Auschwitz alla musica Rap", A cura di Antonella Romeo, Prefazione di Bruno Maida, Edizioni SEB27, 2013 (ISBN 978-88-86618-94-6) http://www.seb27.it/content/la-ragazza-con-la-fisarmonica

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Blue Planet Award" für Esther Bejarano". RedGlobe. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Justification for the Blue Planet Award 2013". ethecon foundation. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 

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