Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Hip hop meets the holocaust

Music for political junkies. Esther Bejarano, one of the last surviving members of the Auschwitz Girls' Orchestra which was forced to play as trains full of Jews and Roma pulled into the camp, has joined with the Cologne-based rappers from Microphone Mafia to make an enchanting album with a documentary film to follow. It is all rather musically different to what this remarkable 85 year old woman is used to. But as she told Der Spiegel: "But I know this hip hop stuff is popular among the youth. I thought if we worked together, then young people could learn more about what happened back then."

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