Lycoming College to host Holocaust survivor

Lycoming College to host Holocaust survivor

Esther Bauer, Holocaust survivor

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Esther Bauer, a Holocaust survivor, will speak at Lycoming College on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Bauer will recount her harrowing experiences as a Holocaust survivor. She will tell the story of her mother, Dr. Marie Anna Jonas, a medical doctor who was stripped of her ability to practice by the Reich Citizen Law. Bauer speaks as often as she can so that people will “learn what happened, and see to it that it never happens again.”

Bauer was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924. Her father, Dr. Alberto Jonas, was the principal of the Jewish Girls School, and her mother, Dr. Marie Anna Jonas, was a medical doctor. On July 19th, 1942, Bauer, her mother, and her father were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, where from one minute to the next they were prisoners. Her father died six weeks later of meningitis. After two years there, she married because her then friend, not yet husband, got the order to be sent with many others to the city of Dresden to build up a new ghetto. The order was a lie and he and the other men wound up in Auschwitz. After the men had left, their spouses were told they could go voluntarily after their husbands. Bauer landed in Auschwitz, where her husband was murdered. On Oct. 10, 1944, her mother was deported to Auschwitz and murdered there. Bauer survived. She was exuberant upon being liberated, and decided to “live each day, have fun and be a human being.”

This event is sponsored by the Lycoming College Campus Activities Board (CAB). The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization for the students, by the students, to plan and coordinate activities on campus. They work with the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development to host a variety of fun programs for all students.