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Holocaust survivor shares inspirational story


by Cami Mountain

MERRILL (WAOW) --  In 1942, when Inge Auerbacher was just seven years old, her family was ripped from their home in South- West Germany and thrust into Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  It's there she lived with her mother and father until liberation came three years later.

They represent a small group, an entire family of survivors.

Now, 65 years later, Inge represents an even smaller group; a Holocaust survivor still alive to tell her story.  That's why she does.

Auerbacher says, "I feel a special obligation to keep this memory alive. Because I survived. I can speak for them in my own humble way."


For many years Inge has traveled, telling her story to students just like these from Merrill High School.  She tells a tale they've only read about.  Her story brings history out of textbooks.

"When she was talking and she was telling me her actual life story and I could actually feel how she felt, she's just so into it and I can tell this is something that happened and it actually brings more reality into it from an actual Holocaust survivor."  Says Merrill High School junior, Tiama Boettcher.

But it's a story that many American students can only imagine.  It happened a world away.  Except for German exchange student Robert Aumeier.  He grew up in a village not far from the one Inge grew up in decades ago.  He's been to a concentration camps and says they stand as a visual reminder of what happened so long ago.

"It reminds you of what you shouldn't do. As a German, you get reminded a lot about that."  Aumeier says, "But, I think it's better to get reminded than forget it."


And Inge is determined, that as long as she lives she'll tell her story so the Holocaust is never forgotten.

"I'm one of the younger survivors and as long as I can still do it, I would like to share my story."


Inge carried a doll named Marlene with her throughout the Holocaust.  The doll, a gift from her grandmother who was killed at a different concentration camp.  Inge gave Marlene to the U-S Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain



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