Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Holocaust Lecturer, Chemist Brings Her Story of WWII Survival to SLCC

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Inge Auerbacher will share her World War II survival story at Salt Lake Community College Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Lifetime Activities Center Area at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Her presentation, “The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child Survivor,” is free and open to the public. Tickets are required, however, and can be found by clicking here.

Auerbacher was born in Kippenheim, Germany, in 1934. She survived Kristallnacht — the “Night of Broken Glass” — but in 1942 was deported with her parents to Theresienstadt. She spent three years in Theresienstadt, where only one percent of the 15,000 children survived.

Auerbacher and her parents immigrated to the United States after the war. Here, she was stricken with a disease caused by malnutrition in the concentration camp. Auerbacher was hospitalized for two years,and for many years after fought to regain her strength. Although she missed years of school, Auerbacher graduated with honors from Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1953.

She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1958 and completed post-graduate work in biochemistry. Auerbacher worked for more than 38 years as a chemist alongside prominent scientists in research and clinical work.

Auerbacher has been lecturing on the Holocaust since 1981, speaking to thousands of people in the United States, Canada and Germany. She wrote “I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust” and “Beyond the Yellow Star to America.” She was a featured speaker at the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. She has received numerous awards for her work teaching tolerance and human rights, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the SLCC Student Association Central Region Board, Student Life & Leadership, Arts & Cultural Events, and Hillel for Utah.