A Holocaust survivor that endured the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia as a young girl will be speaking at Bayonne’s annual remembrance service at City Hall next week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The featured part of the program this year will be a presentation by Inge Auerbacher, a Holocaust survivor who was the last Jewish child born in Kippenheim, Germany.
Auerbacher spent three years in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia between the ages of 7 and 10. Out of 15,000 children at that camp, only one percent survived, and Auerbacher was one of them – along with her parents. They emigrated to the United States in 1946.
As a result of being held captive in the concentration camp, Auerbacher was stricken by a serious illness that required her to be hospitalized for two years as she struggled to regain her strength.
Auerbacher has been lecturing on the Holocaust since 1981, and has spoken to audiences in the United States, Canada, and Germany. Her hometown of Kippenheim has instituted the Inge Auerbacher Prize, which is awarded to students and institutions that promote tolerance and human rights.
She has published four books, more than fifty poems, and numerous articles.
Bayonne’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Service will take place on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at 630 Avenue C.
The event is sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Bayonne and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, and is hosted by the City of Bayonne. Mayor Jimmy Davis is the honorary chairman of the program.
City Council President Sharon Nadrowski and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise are other officials expected to be on hand to help present proclamations and give brief remarks.