October 26, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher will speak about her experiences Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's annual observance of the anniversary of the beginnings of the Holocaust in 1938.

Auerbacher experienced Kristallnacht, 'Night of Broken Glass' when organized gangs of Nazi youth roamed through Jewish neighborhoods in Germany, breaking windows of Jewish businesses and homes, burning synagogues and looting.

Deported at age 7

Auerbacher and her parents were deported in 1942 to the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia where she spent three years before the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army. After she and her parents immigrated to the United States in 1946, she was hospitalized for two years with a disease caused by years of malnutrition.

Auerbacher graduated with honors from Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., after only three years in 1953, completed a college degree in chemistry in 1958, and continued with post-graduate work in biochemistry. She worked for more than 38 years as a chemist with prominent scientists in research and clinical work.

Lecturing on the Holocaust since 1981, Auerbacher has spoken to thousands of people in the United States, Canada and Germany to school children, college students and adults and has appeared on many radio and television programs worldwide.

Award-winning writer

A prolific writer, she is the author of the best-selling and award-winning books I Am A Star - Child of the Holocaust, Beyond the Yellow Star To America, Running Against the Wind and Finding Dr. Schatz - The Discovery of Streptomycin and A Life It Saved.

She has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award, and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Long Island University for her work teaching tolerance and human rights.

"As time moves us further away from WWII and the Holocaust, it becomes that much more important to bring survivors to campus to remind us to never forget that horrific time, for not only the Jewish people, but for the world," said Rabbi Serena Fujita, Jewish chaplain at Bucknell. "The students of Bucknell Hillel have made it their mission to educate both the campus community and the greater Lewisburg community about the Holocaust and its impact on real individuals like Inge Auerbacher."

Posted Oct. 26, 2006


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