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Little was known about Erika Stránská (1930-1944) , a Czech girl who lived in Room 28 for one and a half year. In May 1944 she was deported to Auschwitz and got killed.
The survivors remember a fine and quiet girl who loved the art classes with Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. She made lovely paintings. Some of her former roomates remember that she was related to a Czech painter. Now we know it was Alexander Brandeis (1848-1901).
In Helga's Diary we find traces of Erika's life in Theresienstadt. For a while the girls felt very close to each other and went to concerts together. In May 1944 their ways parted.
In 2012 the younger half-sister of Erika, Monika Zolko, who lives in São Paulo, found out about the book 'The Girls of Room 28' and saw that Erika was part of the community in Room 28.
Learning about the exhibition, Monika's daughter Karen Zolko decided to adopt the original exhibition and to bring it to Brazil in a new design - in remembrance of Erika and her friends from Room 28, who did not survive the Holocaust.
In 2013 two new panels were created for display in the European Commission in Brussels.
In 1942 the nazis took away Monika's father and other family members, also her sister Erika Stránská. Monika and her mother went to live in the little Czech village of Bozkov. Her father managed to escape the camp where he was deported to work and reunited with his family in Bozkov. He had a amera and made this film which you can see here on
1 June 2018
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