Ceija Stojka, a Roma Gypsy Holocaust survivor and artist has died at 79, according to Jan. 30 BBC News Europe report. According to BBC, Stojka survived several concentration camps as a young girl, and subsequently raised international of the plight of Roma people under the Nazi regime awareness via her writing and art.
“I have survived on paper and pieces of leather when I was hungry,”she said in an interview. “I remember Auschwitz every waking moment of my life.” She is described by the European Roma Cultural Foundation as “outstanding Austrian Romani woman... and a key figure for the history, art and literature of Romani culture in Europe", according to a Reuters news report.
As a child, Stojka’s family reportedly lived as horse-traders prior to World War II, when they were deported to Nazi concentration camps. While she, along with her mother and four other siblings survived Auschwitz, her father and one brother were killed.
The artist whose work depicts mostly death camps, reportedly bore her concentration camp identification number on her arm all her life. She will live on forever in the film documentary, “Forget Us Not,” slated for release later this year. The documentary reportedly follows the lives of millions of non-Jewish Holocaust victims, according to BBC News.
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