Survivor works to keep memory of Holocaust alive

As a young girl, Ela Stein Weissberger said she cherished the moments when she played a cat in a production with other children her age.

It was during those times when Weissberger said she could forget the suffering she endured in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Weissberger, 78, will share her story of life in the ghetto Terezin this week at libraries in Reno and Incline Village.


For Weissberger, this week’s local presentations of “Brundibar,” a children’s opera first performed at Terezin, provide a connection to her past. She played “the cat” in the original production and said she is one of only two living survivors from Terezin.

“When we children were on stage, we forgot we were in a concentration camp,” said Weissberger, who lives in Tappan, N.Y. “We forgot about all the pain and hunger we had.”



Webmaster note: Is she saying it was a terrible place because there were a bunch of kids running around putting on theater productions? That seems a bit cruel.