Ceija Stojka, a survivor of the Holocaust who went on to become a voice for the Roma — or Gypsy — people, has died. She was 79. Her publisher, European Roma Cultural Foundation, announced her death on Jan. 28. She passed away in a Vienna hospital.
During her childhood, Stojka survived three Nazi death camps before finally being liberated from Bergen-Belsen at age 12. She didn’t speak of those events until she was in her 50s, and ended up explaining them through her words and art.
“If I could write down all my thoughts, they would surely be an endless book of suffering,” Stojka told an interviewer before writing her 1988 autobiography “We Live in Seclusion,” via the Associated Press. ”But my thoughts race more quickly than my hands are able to put everything to paper.”