Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano dies at the age of 96

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Auschwitz subsister Esther Bejarano dies astatine the property of 96 - Holocaust subsister Esther Bejarano takes portion successful a speechmaking run against the right. Esther Bejarano, a Jewish pistillate who survived Auschwitz attraction campy by playing successful the girls' orchestra, has died astatine the property of 96 successful Hamburg, her adopted home. - Axel Heimken/dpa

Auschwitz subsister Esther Bejarano dies astatine the property of 96 - Holocaust subsister Esther Bejarano takes portion successful a speechmaking run against the right. Esther Bejarano, a Jewish pistillate who survived Auschwitz attraction campy by playing successful the girls' orchestra, has died astatine the property of 96 successful Hamburg, her adopted home. - Axel Heimken/dpa

Esther Bejarano, a Jewish pistillate who survived Auschwitz attraction campy by playing successful the girls' orchestra, has died astatine the property of 96 successful Hamburg, her adopted home.

Helga Obens, a subordinate of the Auschwitz Committee board, confirmed her decease connected Saturday.

Bejarano died softly successful her slumber successful the aboriginal hours of the greeting astatine the Israelite Hospital, Obens told dpa.

"She did not suffer," said Obens, a adjacent person of Bejarano.

Tributes flowed successful for Bejarano.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called her an "important dependable successful the combat against racism and anti-Semitism" successful a tweet. "The fantastic Ester Bejarano won radical implicit with her vitality and unthinkable story. Her dependable volition beryllium missed," helium wrote.

Bejarano campaigned against right-wing extremism and xenophobia for decades and received galore awards for her activism.

She sang Jewish and anti-fascist songs, unneurotic with her lad Joram and girl Edna. They precocious toured Germany with the hip-hop set Microphone Mafia.

Bejarano was calved connected December 15, 1924 successful Saarlouis, the girl of a Jewish elder cantor.

Her parents were murdered by the Nazis successful Lithuania successful 1941, portion she was imprisoned and taxable to forced labour, earlier being deported to Auschwitz successful aboriginal 1943.

Her quality to play the accordion saved her beingness arsenic she played successful the camp's girls' orchestra.

She emigrated to Israel aft the war, but returned to Germany with her hubby successful 1960.

She acceptable up the radical Coincidence successful the aboriginal 1980s unneurotic with her lad and daughter, and they performed euphony from the ghetto, and Jewish and anti-fascist songs.

She received galore awards for her creator activities, including the cit yof Hamburg's Biermann-Ratjen medal, the Carl von Ossietzky medal awarded by the International League for Human Rights and the Federal Cross of Merit.

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