Holocaust

Sioux City Journal

Holocaust survivor, Dr. Inge Auerbacher is Gretchen's guest today on Opus. Dr. Auerbacher was on hand to take part in Tolerance Week in Sioux City. She shares her stories about being taken out of school before finishing the 1st grade, her time at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, earning her PhD. and how she shares her story with thousands of children today.

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.

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Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a solemn day, one that causes us to meditate upon our most frightening nature, directing us to look at not only the horrors of our past, but the violence, intolerance, and indifference of our present. In this broadcast, we hear from Inge Auerbacher, who, as a child, was transported with her mother and father to Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp.