"Indiferent ce se întâmplă, o călătorie îţi oferă întotdeauna o poveste de spus."

Elly Berkovits Gross s-a născut la Șimleu Silvaniei în anul 1929 într-o familie de evrei. A avut o copilărie scurtă și tristă datorită începutului celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial și a Holocaustului. Aflați mai multe despre această mărturie din cartea care a fost recent tipărită și din intervenția supraviețuitoarei Elly Gross de duminică, 24 Ianuarie 2021, în cadrul evenimentului: Ziua Internațională de Comemorare a Holocaustului.

Elly Berkovits Gross is a Jewish Holocaust survivor,  born February 14, 1929  in Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania to Eugene and Irina Berkovits. In 1944 Eugene, her father, was taken by the invading Hungarian military gendarmes  into a forced labor camp on the border with Ukraine. After a while he perished on the Russian front. Elly and her remaining family, her mother and younger brother Adalbert, were taken to Cehei ghetto in May 1944 along with most other Jews in Sălaj County. Six weeks later, her family, along with thousands of other Jews were deported  to Auschwitz concentration camp. She was separated from her mother and brother, and never saw either again.  Elly was transferred to Fallersleben, a part of the Neuengamme concentration camp, where she performed slave labor for Volkswagen until she was liberated at Salzwedel by the Allies on April 14, 1945. Elly returned to her home town, where she soon married family friend Ernest Gross. Then she moved to United States of America where she resides since then. 

            Elly is one of the greatest supporters and contributors to the Holocaust Museum in Northern Transylvania. Since the opening of the museum in 2005 she has send hundred of educational materials, books, paintings, DVDs and she payed for printings for the purposes of the educational activities of the museum. Recently she shipped one of her latest paintings about the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the tragedy of the Holocaust (poza 2). Her interviews as one of the Holocaust Survivors, her educational tools had reached the whole World, and it was translated in more than 10 languages. She is still very active in this filed and we have the promise to visit again her birth place Șimleu Silvaniei and the Holocaust museum very soon. 

            Elly My true Story of the Holocaust a great book about the memories of a little girl from Transylvania who was departed to Auschwitz during the Holocaust. You will be able to find more on January 24th 2021 on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Șimleu Silvaniei.

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18 ianuarie 2021