𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟭𝟵 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.
In 1943, at the height of Germany’s occupation of Poland during the second World War, Ella Blumenthal was just 22. A young Jewish activist, she’d already lost almost every member of her family to Adolf Hitler’s regime. Like millions of others, she and her niece had been rounded up by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. They endured the horror of three of the camps – including the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp - and, for two long years, they were subjected to starvation, torture, and humiliation. But they both survived. Now, at 101, Ella is the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust in South Africa, and is subject of a documentary called I Am Here. Retracing her remarkable will to survive and thrive, it’s a celebration of a vivacious, outspoken and unique personality with a flair for fashion. Carte Blanche meets this extraordinary woman.
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