Heard on Campus: Inge Auerbacher, Holocaust survivor

“I remember only one incident, which touched my heart for the rest of my life. A woman saw me, a Christian woman, as she left the car. She put a little bag with rolls next to my seat and walked away. I never knew the name of this woman, but I never forgot her. She wanted to do something for this Jewish child, and wherever I speak, whether it is Brazil, Mexico, wherever, I speak of that anonymous person. Had more people done at least a little bit, I think this tragedy could have been prevented -- at least, not be that severe.”

-- Inge Auerbacher, Holocaust survivor, recalling an act of kindness in 1941 while she was a 6-year-old schoolgirl in the German state of Württemberg. At the time, all the Jewish children in that state were forced to travel by train to only one school in the capital of Stuttgart. She was imprisoned with her family from 1942-45 in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia before her family immigrated to the United States in 1946.

Auerbacher spoke today (April 2) at the Nittany Lion Inn during the final talk in the Penn State Forum Speaker Series for 2013-14. 

Last Updated April 08, 2014