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Inge Auerbacher Holocaust Survivor & Author

Inge Auerbacher, Holocaust Survivor & Author

Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Inge Auerbacher spent three years as a child imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, barely 1 percent survived. Following her emigration to the United States in 1946, she received a BS in chemistry from Queens College. Since then, she has worked for over 38 ...    

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Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Inge Auerbacher spent three years as a child imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, barely 1 percent survived. Following her emigration to the United States in 1946, she received a BS in chemistry from Queens College. Since then, she has worked for over 38 years as a chemist with many renowned medical scientists and researchers.

Auerbacher is also an accomplished writer. She also wrote the lyrics to the song "We Shall Never Forget." This was the only original song presented at the 1981 Jerusalem "World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors." Auerbacher is the author of 6 books which have been published in 9 languages: I Am A Star  ---Child of the Holocaust, Beyond the Yellow Star To America, Running Against the Wind, Finding Dr. Schatz---The Discovery of Streptomycin And a Life it Saved, Highway To New York, and Children of Terror.

She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University. An accomplished chemist and author, motivational speaker Inge Auerbacher continues to inspire audiences of all ages with her strength and spirit. In 2013, she was awarded the following prestigious awards for her work teaching tolerance and reconciliation: the Medal of Merit from the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Medal of Merit from the city of Goeppingen, and the Federal Cross of Merit given by the President of Germany.


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Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust
Inge Auerbacher touches on life before and after the Holocaust, showing slides of her village, her grandparents' village, the camp, and other depictions of her life at that time. She also details her return trip as an adult to the Terezin concentration camp, and tells stories about how her grandmother died, and other friends and family that perished during this terrible time in human history.

Finding Dr. Schatz: The Discovery of Streptomycin, and a Life it Saved
Inge Auerbacher shares the story of a student, Albert Schatz, and his professor, Selman Waksman, and their co-discovery of streptomycin (considered one of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century). She details this Rutgers University student's lawsuit over credit for the discovery at the University's laboratory, and the dark side of the Nobel Prize. Jewish speaker Inge Auerbacher also recounts her story and the turmoil she faced as a child survivor of the Holocaust whose life was saved by this drug.

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    Inge communicated a number of powerful messages to our students. I sat in the audience wiping tears from the corners of my eyes. Those students will never forget her spirit. I will remember her words forever.

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    Inge's speech was very powerful and really spoke to alot of people. She did an amazing job in presenting. She is so easy going, and knowledgeable, it was a pleasure having her come.

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    We really had a phenomenal experience. I don't think anyone moved. Inge's ability to integrate her personal story with the photographs she shared was uncanny. She had everyone in the palm of her hand. We could not be more pleased. I would strongly encourage other schools to invite her to speak.

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