Ella Baker

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Ella Baker

Ella Baker

"Dont dwell on things that you cannot change and try to see what is possible without pretending. Be inquisitive and aware and challenge all unjust situations"-Ella Baker

"That personal freedom begins with the other persons rights has been over and over again reaffirmed with the history of persecutions and denial of equality. Where there is a social problem there is also a scapegoat being created based on myths. To maintain or protect liberties there are also duties"

Brief Background InformationElla Baker, formally known as Ella Brkovic, was born on August 31, 1924 in Vsni Aspa, Czechoslovakia, but grew up in Cop, Slovakia.

Life in the CampAfter the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944, Ella and her parents were taken to the Uzhorod ghetto where they were held until being transported Auschwitz-Birkenau. Once there, she was separated from her parents whom she never saw again. While in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ella worked as a slave laborer making airplane parts.

How she survivedIn 1945, Ella was sent on a death march out of the camp, but was forced to return to help clean up after the Russian bombardment. It was there that she was liberated by the Russians and went back to Czechoslovakia and then to Israel in 1948.

"I create the sunshine when it's not there"-Ella Baker

Staying PositiveThroughout her experience in the camp, Ella Baker chose to stay positive and look at the bright side. When times got tough, she simply looked at her situation and thought of how it could be worse. "I always discovered what's inside, a piece of potato, whatever. Where the others said nothing is in it. Well I said yes, a piece of potato there. They always call me optomistic Ella!" Because she lost her entire family, her optimistic personality kept her alive.

Going HomeAfter liberation, Ella returned to her hometown to find nothing. She discovered that her aunt had also survived and lived in America, so Ella decided to move out there with her. Because her aunt was also a survivor, she didn't have enough money to send Ella to America, so Ella was sponsored by the Sandler family who had always considered Ella family. She arrived in Detroit with her 5-year-old child to stay with her aunt and cousin.

"This is a survival, this is absolutely the, the art of survival"

What message would you like to leave for future generations?"Be inquisitive and aware and challenge all unjust situations, trying to make it just"


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