Exclusive Video Interview with Holocaust Survivor and Author of Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust
by Traci Swain and Tatiana Florival
“Don’t forget, children, never forget: hatred and prejudice create destruction. The other person could be [just as] good as you are—maybe even better. Honor your parents, and honor your teachers because teachers educate you for a lifetime.” —Elly Berkovits Gross
After reading Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust, something that stands out is author Elly Berkovits Gross’s courage. She believes that resilience, hope, and tolerance are so important that she was willing to share her harrowing true story of one of the worst moments in human history.
And to help make sure her message reaches as many people as possible, Elly sat with us for a special conversation. Watch her Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive interview with your class to experience her story firsthand.
• Hear Elly’s moving personal account of what life was like before, during, and after the Holocaust.
• Discover why Elly thinks it’s so important that she shares her story with the world.
• See Elly’s beautiful artwork and personal photographs of the past.
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Elly Berkovits Gross was born in 1929 in a small town in Romania. At the age of 15, she and her family were taken by cattle car to Auschwitz, and Elly never saw her mother or her brother again. Elly survived the Holocaust, and now, she has dedicated her life to telling the stories of those who did not. Elly was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes for her involvement in the lawsuit brought against Volkswagen, which used Jewish slave labor during the Holocaust. Elly was also featured in Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah. She lives in New York City with her family.