Survivors' Stories

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel

Aga (Faygi-Frides) Gershkovich (Shtern)

  • From: Ukraine (Vilkhovitza-Mukachevo District-Zakarpatskaya Region)
  • Liberated from: Arm ammunition production factory
  • Deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau from: Austro-Hungary now Ukraine (Ghetto in Town Mukachevo)
  • Current Location: USA (NY- Brooklyn)
  • Year of birth: 1926


Brief Bio

Aga was born into a poor family in 1926, in a small village in Austro-Hungary. Aga was one of 7 children. In 1944 she and her family were taken to the town of Mukachevo. Shortly after, they were loaded into a cattle train and sent to Auschwitz. Although separated from most of her family upon arrival, she was able to remain with her elder sister Gittel. After her liberation from Auschwitz, Aga and her sister returned to Mukachevo in search of any surviving family members. In 1946, Aga married Abraham Gershkovich who was himself a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau-Kuzen camps and had 3 children. Aga and her family emigrated to the US from the USSR in 1976 and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

What does Auschwitz mean to you? 

Death of almost entire family horrible suffering and torture 

My message for future generations is… 

Never Forget….

Who will be accompanying you on this journey? 

My son Arkady Gershkovich.