Holocaust Remembrance – Women’s History- Confronting Racism – Jewish Heritage
Esther 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, Esther 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. That was, of course, a lie. 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. Esther went and they all landed in Auschwitz where her husband was murdered. On October 10th, 1944 Esther’s mother was herself deported to Auschwitz and was murdered there. Esther survived. Esther was exuberant upon being liberated, and decided to “live each day, have fun and be a human being.”
In this unforgettable and moving lecture, Esther Bauer recounts her harrowing experiences as a Holocaust Survivor. Esther recounts the story of her amazing, educated, and liberated mother Dr. Marie Anna Jonas who was a medical doctor who was stripped of her ability to practice by the Reich Citizen Law. Esther speaks to students as often as she can so that they will “learn what happened, and see to it that it never happens again.” Esther’s bounding energy and joy for life is infectious, and will leave you filled with respect, awe appreciation for the indestructibility of the human spirit.