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Holocaust survivor beat coronavirus after months of treatment at Long Island hospital, heads home

Posted at 7:02 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 15:49:55-04

LONG ISLAND — A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor beat coronavirus and headed home Thursday after months of treatment.

Gita Shorr was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 1 and was treated at Huntington Hospital and then at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Shorr, who survived more than three years in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps, lost her parents and four siblings in the Holocaust.

When she first fell ill, Shorr suffered flashbacks and nightmares to her time in the concentration camps, her daughter said.

“I have a lot more living to do, and I will take advantage of every moment I’m blessed to have left," Shorr said. "Keeping in mind those who perished at the hands of COVID just as I have never forgotten those who died more than 75 years ago at the hand of the Nazis.”