German born in 1934, Inge Auerbacher was taken to Terezín (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia at the age of 7. Of 15,000 children imprisoned at the camp, about 1 percent survived. Miraculously, her parents, who had also been transported to Terezín, lived. Upon returning to the place that had been their home, the family discovered thirteen close relatives had been slaughtered by the Nazis. They soon immigrated to the United States. Inge grew up, became a chemist, a poet, and a novelist. Her book I am a Star tells the story of her families years leading up to and during Holocaust.
Our interviewers, Emilee Salcido and Hailey Orozco, are a part of our Siouxland Media Lab project. Girls Inc. of Sioux City has opened their doors to allow us in with the purpose of teaching some of the young women there the craft of NPR style journalism and digital storytelling. This project is made possible by a grant from the Gilchrist Foundation.
We offer a special thanks to Book People and Gretchen Gondek for providing the class at Girls Inc. with copies of I am a Star.