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

Born in 1926 in small village in Austro-Hungary in the family of at least 7 children. The family was very poor by comparative even to the local population. At one point when she was still little girl she was taken by another well to do Jewish family that in return for her work in the house she was provided with food an minimal amount of pay. In May of 1944 the entire family was gathered and loaded on horse drawn carriages and were taken by Hungarian gendarmes to town of Mukachevo to the territory located in the brick factory. Than part became a ghetto holding place for most of the Jews from surrounding areas. After approx few days they all were again gathered and taken to  the train where they all were boarded into cattle transporting cargo train and transported to Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz. Upon arrival she was separated from her parents and younger siblings and send to work. She remained in there until the liberation.  She was part of the time in Auschwitz with her elder sister Gittel. After reuniting with her the traveled back to Mukachevo in hopes of trying to find any other surviving relatives. In 1946 she married her cousin Abraham Gershkovich who was himself a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau-Kuzen camps. As result of this marriage she had her eldest son Mayer Gershkovich born in 1947, daughter Raya Gershkovich (Akerman) and me Arkady Gershkovich born in 1958. In 1976 she and entire family emigrated to USA from USSR and lives here since then.

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.