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'It's important not to follow blindly'

Holocaust survivors bring their story to Wells

On student Yamaira Ramos, Inge Auerbacher demonstrates where Jews had to wear their stars. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
February 19, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Although more than 60 years have passed since their freedom, Inge Auerbacher and Bozenna Gilbride still occasionally wake up in horror from nightmares of Nazis.

The two women, the former Jewish, the latter Catholic, came to Wells Middle School Wednesday, Feb. 15 to talk about spending key years of their childhood in Nazi concentration camps, where their "constant companion" was hunger, illness, death and brutality.

Both recalled horrible food, often soup "with who knows what in it," Auerbacher said. "[The diet] was not enough to die, not enough to live. Hunger was our companion."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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