Last week two of my history buff kiddos, Karl and Kelli, joined me at presentation done by Esther Bauer, a Holocaust Survivor.
When we first read in the newspaper that she was coming to Luther College in Decorah we knew we wanted to go. I had seen a Holocaust Survivor presentation several years ago and felt I needed to go again.
All of you know I love history. I love WWII. Some of my favorite books to read and Holocaust stories. I hate saying favorite as I would never read a book again if it meant the whole genocide would have never happened. I have to say I am attracted to the stories though. I think reading the stories and hearing the stories makes the little day to day stupid things I worry about seem incidental-which they are. The stories always give me hope too.
When Tuesday rolled around I almost didn’t go. I knew by then that the cold I’ve been fighting for the last few weeks took a turn and turned into sinus infection. I was miserable.
I ended up going…thinking I can survive a sinus infection if this lady can survive Auschwitz.
I am glad I went. The chances of being to hear a survivor story lessens every day and so many of the people are in their 90’s and passing away.
Esther Bauer is now 91 years old. She was originally from Hamburg.
Her father was a principal in an all girls school. Her mother was a doctor. Esther was nine when Hitler came into power.
She married while in a concentration camp. Her husband, mother and father all died in the camps.
Esther’s story was good to hear. It’s a good reminder that we all must work to never let anything so awful to happen. She was a good speaker who made the audience laugh.
I also have to say the college students were awesome….It will be something I will always remember.