There is an old saying but in an attempt not to be cliche, we won’t say it.
However, a woman with an extraordinary story to tell came to Seguin on Friday and exemplified the adage.
Inge Auerbacher is historic. The 84-year-old retired chemist and author is among the youngest survivors to make it alive out of Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II. She told her harrowing story Friday morning to a sold-out audience (though tickets were free) at the Seguin Public Library.
She spoke of a daily existence battling vermin, the elements and a fear that each day could be ones last. She talked about the hatred that led to the Holocaust.
Auerbacher pointed out the bad behavior of good people who failed to stand up for what was right, helping the hatred and destruction spread. She touched on the Holocaust deniers who, as she put it, “must be idiots” to ignore so much evidence to prove the existence of that dark time in history.
To continue telling her tale, Auerbacher said, is her way of changing the world for the better, helping to keep the bad in people’s minds in hopes that they will always fight for good.
Auerbacher knows she and other survivors are few and won’t be around long. So she speaks up and out now so that the history is a constant reminder.
Because, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. There we said it because it needed repeating.