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"I am a Star" - Child of the Holocaust

I Am A Star- Child of the Holocaust

Inge Auerbacher’s childhood was as happy and peaceful as any other German child’s- until 1942. By then the Nazis were in power, and because her family was Jewish, she and her parents were sent to the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Inge was seven years old.

The Auerbacher’s defied death for three years and were finally freed in 1945. Through words and poetry, Inge tell’s her harrowing story, and how they carried strength and courage of will that allowed them to survive. Yet, rather than imparting bitterness, she manages to convey to young readers her hope for humanity as her story unfolds through the eyes and memories of a young girl. Her hope and courage, in spite of the hardships she endured in those years, are proof that the joy in life cannot be kept out of even the darkest places.

Some Reviews:
“Deeply moving and true….I cannot think of any book on this topic which I could recommend for this age group as I do this book.”
Bruno Bettelheim

“A moving story…(The Author’s) perspective, while chilling, pierces the heart with memorable imagery.”
Publishers Weekly

Awarded the Merit of Educational Distinction by the International Center for Holocaust Studies of the B’nai Brith Anti-Defamation League.

The German version was a finalist for the Deutscherjugendliterartur Preis. (The highest literature prize for Youth books.)

To Order the Book: and Barnes & Noble
Publisher: Puffin Books-Penguin Putnam, Inc.
345 Hudson Street, New York, NY, 10014
Publication Date: 1993
ISBN: 0-14-036401-3 Paperback
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Also Available on Audiocassettes by Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN 0-7887-2627-7
Tel: 1-800-638-1304

Perma-Bound edition available with heavy duty cover for library or class-set.

Available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Danish, Basque and soon in Hebrew.

Interest level: Ages 8 & up.

Beyond the Yellow Star to AmericaBeyond the Yellow Star To America

Inge’s second book, Beyond The Yellow Star to America, carries the reader into her world as an immigrant in America at once dealing with her own psychological and physiological growing up and the real, external world of being an outsider to American culture.

The Auerbacher family settles in Brooklyn, New York. Inge, who is now eleven is imprisoned again. This time instead of the Nazi storm troopers the enemy is within her own body. She is confined to a hospital ward for children with tuberculosis, a disease that was rampant in the concentration camps during the Holocaust.

This is a story of rare courage, determination and love. Told in her own words, it follows Inge’s journey as she fights for many years to survive a deadly disease and the great emotional pain associated with this great battle. She never gives up and earns a degree in Chemistry from Queens College, working for many years in medical research and clinical work.

Some Reviews:
“Inge Auerbacher’s narrative is… absorbing and… moving. I highly recommend it.”
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Winner.

“…The book "Beyond The Yellow Star to America" must be required reading, especially for all high school students…”
Sister Rose Thering, O.P., PhD. Educator and Humanitarian, fighter for Christian-Jewish relations. (Deceased)

“This is a first rate, moving autobiographical account of life as a refugee and what it takes to step beyond past pain and create a meaningful life…A truly wonderful complement to the "Diary of Anne Frank.”
VOYA Magazine.

New York Public Library 1996 Choice- Books for the Teenage Reader

Kansas State Reading Circle Choice, 1996/97.

To Order the Book: and Barnes & Noble
Royal Fireworks Press
1 First Avenue, PO Box 399
Unionville,NY, 10988
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 0-89824-252-4 Paperback

To Order the Book in German:
Hartung - Gorre Verlag, Konstanz, German
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 3-89649-969-6 Paperback

Also Available on Audiocassettes, by Recorded Books, Inc
ISBN 0-7887-0891-0
Tel: 1-800-638-1304

Available in English, Italian, German and soon in Chinese.

Interest level: Ages 10 & up.

Running Against the Wind

Inge with DeSaussure twinsThe true story of the DeSaussure twins of Brooklyn who, on the wings of the PAL (Police Athletic League) changed the lives of thousands of young African-American girls and other minority youngsters in New York City.

1945 Brooklyn, New York in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Post WWII euphoria, nostalgia, the PAL, and interracial relations as they really were as told by pioneering Black track stars.
This is their warm story of their religious home life (Papa was a minister), their mixed neighborhood, their athletic triumphs and heartbreaking defeats. The book includes historical background of the famed PAL. Inge Auerbacher has been a close friend of the twins for many years.

Some Reviews:
“…factual and accurate…wonderful book."
John J. Ryan, Executive Director, Police Athletic League

“I enjoyed reading Running Against the Wind…it reveals how the DeSaussure twin girls used the vehicle of the PAL to enter the wider world outside of Bed-Stuy…”
Benjamin Ward, Commissioner (Ret.) New York City Police Department

“…A wonderful story…”
Children’s Literature Review

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Royal Fireworks Press
1 First Avenue, PO Box 399
Unionville,NY, 10988
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 0-88082-437-3 Paperback

Interest level: Ages 8 & up.

"Finding Dr. Schatz" - The Discovery of Streptomycin and A Life It Saved

As part of his doctoral research, Albert Schatz, a twenty-three year-old graduate student at Rutgers  University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, diligently worked alone in  a basement laboratory to find an antibiotic against tuberculosis. In October of 1943, Schatz discovered streptomycin. But his professor, Selman Waksman, took the credit, relegating  Schatz to the footnotes of history .Over fifty years later, German-- born  Inge Auerbacher read an article that named Schatz as co-discoverer of this drug. As a young  Jewish girl during World War II, Auerbacher was a prisoner at the Terezin  concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis during her imprisonment and was able to receive the life-saving streptomycin after her immigration to  America.  Auerbacher contacted Schatz in 1997, compelled to offer him gratitude for the scientific research that saved her life. She learned of the controversy surrounding the discovery of streptomycin and Schatz’s ultimate recognition for his work . As a result of their  friendship, they decided to co-author this book. “Finding Dr. Schatz” is their powerful true story –told in their own words – of a scientist who changed the world and a woman who lived  because of it. 

I stayed up last night and read your book cover to cover and was delighted with what you have done with the Albert Schatz story. I also enjoyed learning more about his personal life during the time of his great discovery. You are to be congratulated on a fine contribution to the cause.

I was also pleased to read the abstract from the paper that I sent to you. I feel honored to be included in your work.
Ross Tucker, MD, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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2021 Pine Lake Road, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE, 68512
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 0-595-37997-4 Paperback

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