Greta Ferušić

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Greta Ferušić
Born 1929 (age 87–88)
Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian
Other names Greta Ferušić Weinfeld
Occupation Architect
Known for Survived Auschwitz and the Siege of Sarajevo

Greta Ferušić Weinfeld (born c. 1929) is a retired professor of architecture at the University of Sarajevo and survivor of Auschwitz and the Siege of Sarajevo.[1]


Ferušić was born and raised in Novi Sad.[2] She was 14 or 15 years old when she, her parents, two aunts, and an uncle were sent on April 1944 to Auschwitz. When the camp was liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945, she weighed 33 kilograms (73 lb).[3] She was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust.

After the Holocaust[edit]

After the war, she returned to Yugoslavia and married Seid Ferušić,[4] a secular Bosniak, and moved to his hometown of Sarajevo in 1952. she studied architecture at the University of Sarajevo, where she became the first woman to graduate there.[5] Later, she became dean of the Architecture School there and directed various projects of infrastructure in the republic.[6]

Siege of Sarajevo[edit]

Refusing to be dislocated when the siege of Sarajevo began in April, 1992, Greta and her husband shared in the fate of their city,[7] but insisting that her son, his wife and their children leave the city[2] when a special convoy for evacuating the Jews of the city was organized on November 15, 1992 by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. She was interviewed for the Bosnian TV channel Hayat TV in 1994 for a documentary called Od Auscwitza do Sarajeva ("From Auschwitz to Sarajevo").[8]

In February 2004, Ferušić was awarded the Polish Auschwitz Cross (Krzyż Oświęcimski),[9] a Polish decoration awarded to honour survivors of Nazi concentration camps. She was the last person to receive this medal.


In 1997, Haris Pašović produced and directed a biographical film, Greta, about her.[5][10] The film producers received a grant of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to transform it from video format to a professional 35mm film format.[11] The film has been shown in different film festivals, such as Avignon, New York, London, Amsterdam,[12] San Francisco, Rome, Stockholm, Sarajevo, Ljubljana and others.[13]

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