Holocaust Survivor at Inver Hills

Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher giving two guest lectures Nov. 10, 2014

Inge Auerbacher, a Holocaust survivor, will be a guest lecturer at Inver Hills Community College Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 117 in the College Center and then from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 210 in the Liberal Arts building. Auerbacher will be speaking about her Holocaust experiences. She has authored a number of books, including I Am a Star–Child of the Holocaust and Beyond the Yellow Star to America. The educational presentation is free and open to the public.

Inge AuerbacherAt the age of seven, Inge Auerbacher was deported with her parents to Terezin and was interned there for two+ years. Terezin was the “model” camp where the Nazis sent many gifted artists, musicians, actors and high-profile community leaders as a diversionary strategy. Inge was one of the fortunate children to survive living in this concentration camp as the great majority of the 15,000 children sent to Terezin died of starvation, illness and maltreatment, or were sent to the death camp of Auschwitz to be murdered.

Inge AuerbacherInge has several stories and insights to share about her life experiences, but the one of the most unique involves her post-Holocaust experience. After the war, when she and her parents were liberated from the Terezin Concentration Camp, they came to the United States where Inge was hospitalized for almost two years with TB. Her recovery from TB was greatly accelerated by the development of streptomycin. Many years later, she learned that Dr. Albert Schatz discovered this powerful antibiotic while he was a graduate student. Dr. Schatz’s professor received the credit (and a Nobel Prize) for this achievement while Dr. Schatz was given very little public recognition. After learning about this lack of public recognition, Inge was inspired to co-author a book with Dr. Schatz and helped produce a film near the end of his life which clarified that it was a combined effort between him and his professor which led to this medical breakthrough. — Courtesy of Vicky Knickerbocker, Inver Hills sociology, humanities and human services faculty

WHAT: Holocaust Lectures

WHO: Inge Auerbacher, Holocaust survivor


ADMISSION: FREE and open to the public

You can learn more about Inge Auerbacher by visiting her website.

For more information about Holocaust Studies at Inver Hills, read “Why I Teach about the Holocaust,” or contact:

Vicky Knickerbocker
Sociology, Humanities and Human Services Instructor

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