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92yo Auschwitz survivor becomes a rapper

Esther Bejarano was once forced to perform for her life in the girls' orchestra of Auschwitz.

More than 70 years later, the 92-year-old Holocaust survivor has developed her own sound as she raps for the memory of those murdered in World War II.

Bejarano is set to appear with hip-hop outfit Microphone Mafia on Saturday as part of a week-long cultural festival in Cuxhaven on Germany's northern coast.

Deported to Auschwitz in 1943, the young Jewish woman avoided forced labour by instead playing the "accompaniment to mass murder" as a member of the Nazi death camp's orchestra, as she later recalled in her memoir.

Now a rap artist, her performances form an ongoing campaign to inform future generations about the horrors of Nazi Germany and to denounce modern far-right extremism.

"What happened then is not your fault. But you become complicit if you don't want to hear anything about this time," Bejarano is quoted as saying in the program for the event.

© DPA 2017

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