Holocaust survivor's tale told in new book

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - A Holocaust survivor shares the story of how she came to America.

Gita Barker's story is told in the book "The Long Walk Home," which was written by Sheridan Elaine Claude. On Tuesday night, Barker shared her story of escape from her native land of Estonia during WWII with members of a church in Madison.

She said Russians took her father in the middle of the night and were coming back for the rest of the family, so they decided to flee. She was about 20 years old at the time.

Barker got onto a ship with about 4,000 other people, most of whom were wounded German soldiers. But the next morning, that ship went down.

"The sky was filled with planes, and vah-rum, they threw one torepedo in the middle of our ship," she said. "It took only seven minutes, or whatever...both ends stood up in the middle, it went down like that...everybody was rolling down."

Barker's brother was among those who died when the ship went down.

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