Elly Gross
Elly Gross
Elly Berkovits Gross is a Jewish Holocaust survivor and author of several Holocaust related books of poetry and prose. She currently resides in the United States, where she is a frequent invited speaker at museums and schools around the country.
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  • 1945
    Age 16
    Elly was transferred to Fallersleben, a part of the Neuengamme concentration camp, where she perform slave labor for Volkswagen until she was liberated at Salzwedel by the Allies on April 14, 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Elly returned to her home town, where she soon married family friend Ernest Gross. They have two children and five grandchildren, who also reside in the United States. Elly graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 1993 at the age of 64. Several of these works have been translated into Spanish and Romanian.
  • 1944
    Age 15
    Elly and her remaining family, her mother and younger brother Adalbert, were taken to Cehei ghetto 'the day after Pesach' in 1944 along with most other Jews in Sălaj County.
    More Details Hide Details Six weeks later, her family, along with thousands of other Jews were transported via cattle cars to Auschwitz concentration camp. She was separated from her mother and brother, and never saw either again. Elly credits her survival of the camp to 'miracles', noting that few others of her age group survived the ordeal.
  • 1942
    Age 13
    Elly was born in Şimleu Silvaniei, Romania to Eugene and Irina Berkovits. In 1942, her father was inducted by the invading Hungarian forces into a forced labor camp, where he perished on the Russian front.
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  • 1929
    Age 0
    Born in 1929.
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