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Holocaust survivor speaks to middle school students

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Right now there are only a few hundred thousand Holocaust survivors left in the world. In 20 year's time, no eye witness to that horrific chapter in human history will be left. That's why an area school brought in a special speaker to educate the next generation.

Inge Auerbacher is a New Yorker through and through. She lives in Brooklyn, but she was born far from New York, in a small village in southwest Germany.

"I ripped that star off on May 8th, 1945 when I was liberated from the Terezin Concentration Camp," said Auerbacher.

Inge and her family are Jewish and spent three years in the Terezin Concentration Camp in the former country of Czechoslovakia. She is telling her story to a group of 8th graders from Central Middle School in Waterloo as part of their studies.

"To connect what happened in the past to things that are going on today and to be part of making sure the past does not repeat itself," said Audrey Kimball, a Central Middle School teacher.

Inge says every survivor of the Holocaust has an important story to tell and it's even more crucial now.

"Someday they can read all these stories and books and movies, but to see a person in life, standing before them and asking them questions at a time when the Holocaust, you have these people who deny it never even happened more and more so. It is a very urgent message," said Auerbacher.

Inge was a chemist, but wrote in her free time. She wrote six books including some poems.

"Only special children wear a star. I'm noticed from near and far. They have placed the mark over my heart. I'll wear it proudly from the start. Papa told me to avoid trouble and come home from school on the double. To me the star's yellow is gold. I'll try not to act so bold. I'm a real person still no one can break my spirit or will. I am a star," read Auerbacher.

During her time in the concentration camp Inge held on to a very special doll. That doll now has a permanent place in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

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