Inge Auerbacher was the last Jewish child born in Kippenheim, a village in South-Western Germany located at the foot of the Black Forest, close to the borders of France and Switzerland. She was the only child of Berthold and Regina Auerbacher (nee’ Lauchheimer.) Both of her parents came from observant Jewish families who had lived for many generations in Germany.
Inge has been lecturing on the Holocaust since 1981, and has spoken to thousands of people in the USA, Canada and Germany. She is fluent in German and English. Her audiences consist of school children, college students and adults of any ethnic background. She has appeared on many radio and television programs both in the USA and abroad. Prize-winning documentary films have been made about her, which have been shown in the USA and all over the world.
Her most recent film: "The Olympic Doll" based on her book "I Am A Star" was especially made for middle school children as a lesson of tolerance.
Inge is the Author of the following best-selling and award-winning books:
"Finding Dr. Schatz" - The Discovery of Streptomycin and A Life It Saved
She has been awarded the following prestigious awards for her work teaching tolerance and human rights:
Ellis Island Medal of Honor-1999
Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award- 1999
Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, Long Island University, 2005
Her hometown, Kippenheim has instituted the Inge Auerbacher Prize awarded to students and institutions promoting tolerance and human rights.
(This award is sponsored by D.I.A. (German-Israeli Workman’s Circle. Martin Gross, President.)
The award was given for the first time to Karl Kopp, Principal of the Kippenheim School and the Kippenheim School on July 4th, 2001.