Eva Galler

 

 

Age: 84

 

Summary: Holocaust survivor and activist who shared her story with generations of Southern youth in the hopes of eradicating the prejudice that nearly took her own life during World War II, who often said her last memory of the death-defying escape was of her 3-year-old brother screaming from the train as sniper bullets killed her brother and sister when her father forced her and two of her siblings to jump from a train headed to the Belzec death camp but she managed to escape by landing in a deep snowbank, who spent the rest of the war working on a farm in Germany and later moved to the United States, where she traveled to schools to speak to over 600,000 high school and middle school students about her experience in an effort to educate them about tolerance and the need to overcome racism of any kind.

 

 

Cause of Death: Pneumonia contracted from toxic mold exposure during her evacuation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

 

Born: January 1, 1922

 

Died: January 5, 2006

 

Location: Dallas, Texas