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

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Remembering Erika

How the exhibition came to Brazil

Erila Stránská, 22 May 1930 - May 1944

Erika Stránská (1930-1944)

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.

Late Echo from Brazil

In 2013 two new panels were created for display in the European Commission in Brussels.

New panel of the English version of the exhibition, created for display in January 2013, in the European Commission, Brussels.
Monika with her older sister Erika around 1941

Outstanding film-document with Monika as a child


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


New publication 2021

New Polish editions

Book-rights available: English, Portuguese and more...

Book-rights: Hannelore Brenner

Music Theatre Play. Portuguese.

Translated by Renate Müller. She also translated the book "As Meninas do Quarto 28" from German into Portuguese.

Renate and Hannelore in São Paulo

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