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Book presentation: Alisa Ehrmann-Shek „Ich denke an einen ewigen Sommer. Tagebuch und Zeichnungen aus Theresienstadt 1944/45“

  • Jewish Museum Vienna 11 Dorotheergasse Wien, 1010 Austria (map)
Photo (c) Familie Shek

Photo (c) Familie Shek

Alisa Ehrmann, born in Prague in 1927, was deported to Theresienstadt in July 1943 together with her sister. In the fall of 1944 she begins to keep a diary. Only seventeen years old, she gives accounts of the dangerous changes in the camp, which is in the process of disintegration, the contradictory rumors, the years of exhaustion and the constant threat of death until the end of the war. The entries begin at the time of the last deportations from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz and end in mid-May 1945, after the liberation. This detailed and exceptionally expressive diary is complemented by her drawings. They are silent, undramatic, everyday scenes that never stop preserving the dignity of the people.

Vienna State Parliament Representative Peter Florianschütz, President of the Austrian-Israeli Society
Johannes Schlebrügge, publisher
Retired Ambassador Daniel Shek, son of Alisa Shek
Reading: Dagmar Schwarz
Music: Chiara Wollner (saxophone) and Hibiki Kojima (piano)
In cooperation with the Austrian-Israeli Society and the Schlebrügge Publishing House

Advanced booking requested: Tel.: +43 1 535 04 31-110 or e-mail:

Free admission as of 6:45 p.m.