Mark your calendar for May 8, 10:30 a.m.
Inge Auerbacher, a Holocaust survivor will make a presentation of those horrible events that surrounded her life. The community event is open and free to the public and will take place in the Conrad High School Auditorium at 308 S. Illinois.
She was born in south-western Germany near the Black Forest, close to the borders of France and Switzerland.
In 1938, her father, a decorated soldier and winner of the Iron Cross medal from WW I, and her grandfather were arrested and sent to the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Eventually she was shipped off to Terezin, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.
This was a transit stop for many who were shipped on to other death camps, like Auschwitz.
Of 140,000 shipped to Terezin, 88,000 went on to the gas chambers in Auschwitz and another 35,000 died of malnutrition and disease in Terezin,
Of the 15,000 children imprisoned in Terezin, Auerbacher and her parents were among the one percent that survived.
The Red Army rescued her family on May 8, 1945. Eventually they were able to make their way to New York where she obtained her U.S. Citizenship.
She graduated from Queens College and spent 38 years working as a chemist. In 1986, Auerbacher published her first book about her childhood’s memories. It was called I am a Star.
She will also be making a presentation in Choteau at the high school at 7 p.m. on May 8, in Fairfield on May 9 and Shelby May 10, in the respective high schools at 7 p.m.
Her visit to our area is due to the work of teenagers Charley Yeager, Amanda Willekes and Tylee Patton in Choteau who raised money for her visit and the Conrad Community Education Foundation.