Erna de Vries

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Erna de Vries
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de Vries in 2018
Erna Korn

21 October 1923
Died24 October 2021(2021-10-24) (aged 98)

Erna de Vries ([ˈɛʁna də ˈvris]; born Erna Korn; 21 October 1923 – 24 October 2021) was a German Holocaust survivor.[1]

In 1943, she was sent to Auschwitz with her mother during the Holocaust.[2] She was ordered to be executed at the gas chambers on 15 September of that year; however was transferred to another camp the day of her execution.[3] She was freed by Allied forces in 1945.

de Vries became a lecturer talking about her life during the Holocaust, something her mother wanted her to do.[4] In 1998, she gave her testimony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.[5]

de Vries died in Lathen, Germany on 24 October 2021, three days after her 98th birthday.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Holocaust-Überlebende Erna de Vries ist tot". Osradio 104.8 (in German). 25 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  2. "Erna de Vries hat den Holocaust überlebt". Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (in German).
  3. "Aufenthalt in Auschwitz-Birkenau". Projekt Zeitlupe (in German).
  4. "Erna de Vries schilderte ihren Lebens- und Leidensweg in der Gedenkstätte Esterwegen". Samtgemeinde Lathen (in German). 2 February 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  5. "USC Shoah Foundation Institute testimony of Erna de Vries". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  6. "Holocaust-Überlebende Erna de Vries im Emsland beigesetzt". Norddeutscher Rundfunk (in German). 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.