Esther Bauer, former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner and holocaust survivor, travels the country recounting her story of imprisonment, survival and liberation to students as often as she can, so that they will "learn what happened and see to it that it never happens again."
Her bounding energy and joy for life is infectious and leaves audiences filled with respect, awe and appreciation for the indestructability of the human spirit.
On Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at Penn State Worthington Scranton, she will recount her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, well as her message of hope and determination to "live each day, have fun and be a human being."
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924, she found herself, along with her parents, both doctors, deported to a ghetto in Czechoslovakia where they became prisoners. Her father died six weeks later. After two years there, she married, and eventually found herself, her mother and new husband in Auschwitz, where her husband was murdered and her mother eventually died.
Esther survived and experienced exhilaration at being liberated. In her lecture, she will recount all of her experiences as well as her message of hope and appreciation for life.
The lecture will be held in The View Café in the campus' Study Learning Center. It is free and open to the public.