So That Memory Doesn’t Die

One woman’s journey—from a spoiled childhood in pre-war Poland, to the hell of Auschwitz, and back again to rebuild her life.

Take a walk through history, and Krakow, with Teofila Silberring.


My name is Edward Serotta and I am the director of Centropa. Our Vienna-based institute was founded in the year 2000 with a specific goal in mind: to ask the oldest Jews still living in Central and Eastern Europe to share with us their stories and their pictures of an entire century.

We interviewed 1,200 elderly Jews in 15 countries and digitized 22,000 of their old family pictures. The story you’re about to hear—and see—belongs to Teofila, or Tosia Silberring and we chose this story because Tosia, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 85, remembers Krakow literally by door number. Something else—this is a story of redemption. What do I mean by that? I will let Tosia explain.


The project is made possible due to financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of “Cooperation in Public Diplomacy in 2015” program.

"Jewish Krakow on the Footsteps of Teofila Silberring” mobile application is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland (BY) license. Some rights reserved for the Foundation Galicia Jewish Heritage Institute (Galicia Jewish Museum) and Centropa. The application was created as part of the “Cooperation in Public Diplomacy 2015” programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Permission is granted to any use of the work, provided the information listed above, including information about used licenses, about holders of copyrights and about the “Cooperation in Public Diplomacy 2015” programme.

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