Esther Bejarano 1924-2021
We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Esther Bejarano, Holocaust survivor and long-time friend of our House.
Born in 1924 in Saarlouis into a cantor's family, Esther Bejarano received a musical education. During the war she did forced labour and was sent to Auschwitz in 1943. There she volunteered in the women's orchestra and played the accordion. She was then sent to Ravensbrueck and survived the death march at the end of the war.
After the war, she emigrated to Israel and returned to Germany in 1960, engaging with her children in musical activities to spread anti-racist messages to young people. For many years she also shared her testimony with young people in school meetings.
She will remain in our memory.