A Romanian-born poet and memoir writer, she is known for literary works that detail her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Her notable publications include Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust; Vanished World: A Memoir of Ernest; and Storm Against the Innocents and Other Stories.
Her father died in a Russian labor camp in the early 1940s. She and her mother and brother were forced onto trains headed to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.
The SS transferred her from Auschwitz to the forced labor department of the Neuengamme concentration camp, where she worked until the camp was liberated in 1945.
She had two children with her childhood friend and husband, Ernest Gross. The couple immigrated to the United States in the years following World War II.
She and Gerda Klein were both Holocaust survivors who wrote eloquently about their experiences.