"Live each day, have fun and be a human being" is the motto that Esther Bauer decided to follow every day following her liberation from the Nazi party in the 1940s. Bauer will present the lecture "Living History: A Holocaust Survivor Story" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. In this lecture, she will recount her experiences as a Holocaust survivor and the story of her mother, Dr. Marie Anna Jones, a medical doctor who was stripped of her ability to practice by the Reich Citizen Law.
Tickets are $5 and are available online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Council, Leadership Committee.
Bauer was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924. Her father, the principal of a Jewish girls school; her mother, a medical doctor; and Bauer were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in what was then Czechoslovakia on July 19, 1942. Her father died of meningitis six weeks later. After two years, Bauer's husband and other men were ordered to go to Dresden, Germany, under the camouflage to build up a new Jewish ghetto. He and the others were actually sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Wives of the men sent were told they could voluntarily follow their husbands, which Bauer did. On Oct. 10, 1944, Bauer's mother was also deported to Auschwitz and was murdered.
Bauer shares her story with students as often as she can so they will "learn what happened, and see to it that it never happens again."
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