At 91 years old, Esther Bejarano is traveling through Germany with her band Microphone Mafia to shed light on right-wing movements and to remind everyone of what happened to her and many other Jews during the Holocaust: Esther Bejarano is a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
On April 13, she was a guest at the United World College (UWC) Robert Bosch College and talked about her life in front of 200 UWC students and 150 guests from Freiburg. It was an impressive evening for the international students.
Esther managed to survive Auschwitz thanks to her participation in the girls’ orchestra. Her iron will and her desire to take vengeance upon the Nazis for their crimes were what drove her. In order to maintain her place in the girls’ orchestra, she pretended to be able to play the accordion; she is now touring Germany as a musician many years later. Her message: this can never be allowed to happen again. Sharing her story is her life’s work.
Microphone Mafia is a diverse band: 91-year-old Esther sings, sometimes in German and sometimes in Yiddish, and is accompanied by her son Joram on the guitar. Rapper Kutlu from Cologne then transforms the political lyrics into hip-hop form and occasionally makes the audience laugh with his jokes.
As the evening came to a close, Jewish UWC student Yarden from Israel took to the stage to thank Esther on behalf of everyone present: "You won’t believe how many survivors have never spoken about their experiences. Having Esther here today to share her story with us is a gift."