Born in Vienna in 1914, Felix Bauer lived with anti-Semitism even before Hitler's takeover of Austria. When the Nazis invaded, his father said, "Nobody will do anything to me." But the killings increased, and the family had to leave the area. Bauer's father was forced to enter a labor camp in Austria. Bauer was in refugee camp for two years before migrating to New York. Passing Ellis Island, he cried on viewing the Statue of Liberty. Thinking America wouldn't accept Jews, he sailed on to the Dominican Republic and married there. Later, he returned to the U.S. to settle in Due West, S.C., to teach music and art.