By Elly Berkovits Gross
Advised in brief, gripping chapters, this is often an unforgettable real tale of survival. the writer was once featured in Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah visible background beginning. At simply 15, her mom, and brother have been taken from their Romanian city to the Auschwitz-II/Birkenau focus camp. once they arrived at Auschwitz, a soldier waved Elly to the precise; her mom and brother to the left. She by no means observed her kin alive back. because of a sequence of miracles, Elly survived the Holocaust. at the present time she is devoted to maintaining alive the tales of these who didn't. Elly seemed on CBS's 60 mins for her involvement in bringing an immense lawsuit opposed to Volkswagen, whose German manufacturing facility used her and different Jews as slave workers.
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We enter a small dining area, where an elderly Jewish couple sit, the man, handsome though he is 97 years old, dressed in his best gray sports jacket, leaning on the table from his wheelchair. The woman is spry and unembarrassed by her misshapen face, one side of which is swollen, as if encasing a large tumor. They are delighted to see us and thrilled with the gifts we brought from America.
The house is larger than I thought it would be. Rosebushes and some sort of orange flowers border the left side. I move closer to identify them. “Forget it,” Shmuel calls through Dov. “No, this is not the original house. ” He guides me to the other side, facing a well and a water pump. Then I see, perpendicular to the front of number 55, another house, smaller and more primitive. It’s also white brick, with the same corrugated metal roof. A double row of cinder blocks tops a green barn door. On the side, there’s a closed, shuttered window and a blue-paned one.
I wish I knew more about nature. Nothing like what I had imagined. Nothing like a shtetl, nothing like an impoverished, ransacked town. It looks like any pretty, small village, anywhere. We stop at a house in the beginning of the village. It belongs to the district police officer. We will rest here awhile, hoping to wait out the rain. As we get out of the car, Dov tells me, pointing down the road, “The main street is about two and a half kilometers south to north. The north is toward Visoke, the south toward Brest.