As Meninas do Quarto 28 The Girls of Room 28, Theresienstadt
As Meninas do Quarto 28The Girls of Room 28, Theresienstadt

Edition Room 28

In 2014 Edition Room 28, a branch of Room28 Projects, started with its first publication.Until 2017 three books got published:

"Mein Theresienstädter Tagebuch 1943-1944"

My Terezin Diary 1943-1944" 

by Helga Pollak-Kinsky

The absolutely authentic Terezin Diary of Helga Pollak-Kinsky, along with the calender entries of her father Otto Pollak are the heart of the book about 'The Girls of Room 28' which could not have been written without Helga's precious testimonies. It helped not only the author to reconstruct the children's life in the ghetto and to chronicle the events in Theresienstadt. For the surviving women themselves it became a catalysator in their process of remembering their life in the ghetto and the children and people they knew.


In 2014 the complete Theresienstadt diary of Helga Pollak-Kinsky was published. It is embedded in her biographical context and tells, along with the calendar entries of her father, her very personal story.  It is published by:

A special website was created:


by Evelina Merová

In 2016 the autobiography of Evelina Merová was published in the German language.



Those who read the book or visited the exhibition about "The Girls of Room 28" know: Evelina was born in Prague in December 1930, deported to Theresienstadt in July 1942 and lived in Room 28 until she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in December 1943. There she was quartered in the so-called Family-Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and was a child of the Children's Block organized by Fredy Hirsch. She witnessed the fatal 8/9 March 1944, when Fredy Hirsch died and almost all the people deported from Theresienstadt in September 1943 were murdered, up to 4000 people. Evelina survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the working-camps Stutthof, Dörbeck, Guttau. After having gone through terrible experiences she was liberated by the Russians in Guttau, now Poland.

Most biographies of survivors end their report with the liberation, not Evelina's. Her fate took an extraordinary turn when, iin a  first-aid train of the Russian - she was in very critical health - she encountered the medical Doctor Mer. He decided to offer her a home in Leningrad. And so it happened. In September 1945 a totally new life begins for the 14 years old Evelina -  as adoptive child of Dr. Mer and his wife in Leningrad, now Sankt Petersburg.

Evelina has lost all her family. Her home-town Prague became the symbol for the good part of her childhood and a synonym for all she has lost and all she longed for over many years.

Evelina, aged 85, is now living in Prague again.

Compendium to the Room 28 Educational Project


The Girls of Room 28




Karen Zolko introduces the exhibition in Recife:

Leya. Sao Paulo

This Website informs about Room 28 Projects based in Germany and its partner organization Room 28 Projects - Brasil.

Karen Zolko presents the exhibition. Film on  Hebraica News na TV

made in Porto Alegre, 24.10.2015

Room 28 Projects encompasses further branches presented on different websites:

The Diary of Helga Pollak


Representative of the Zwockhaus: Hannelore Brenner.

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