‘We cannot afford to be onlookers’: Holocaust survivor recalls horrors of genocide, and warns of repeated failures

‘We cannot afford to be onlookers’: Holocaust survivor recalls horrors of genocide, and warns of repeated failures

CN: the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism, torture, trauma, war

INTERVIEW

As the world marks 77 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the dwindling number of Holocaust survivors becomes more and more apparent. With it, the burden of responsibility to preserve and honour the truth of what happened to Europe’s Jews falls on allies and those among the small number of remaining survivors in a position to speak out.

Between 1941-1945, an estimated six million Jews were murdered in Nazi-run concentration camps. Roma, disabled people, communists and gay people were also among those imprisoned, tortured and killed.

When the Axis Powers invaded Yugoslavia, Dorit Oliver-Wolff was just five years old. Separated from her father, she fled her hometown of Novi Sad to Budapest with her mother. They would spend four years on the edge of survival, resorting to the unimaginable in order to avoid transportation to concentration camps. They would face unexpected acts of kindness, as well as virulent antisemitism and devastating acts of betrayal.

Dorit, her mother and her grandmother all survived the war. Dorit went on to realise her lifelong dream of becoming a singer, selling records across Europe. A few years ago, she also published her book, From Yellow Star to Pop Star.

This is her story.



Readers can access Dorit’s book here, and her music here.

Readers can learn more about the Holocaust here.


Politika News would like to thank Dorit for her time.

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