Martha Bauer | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust


Martha Bauer and her family lived in Belgium. When Hitler took over, children were taught to hate all Jews. She was careful with childhood friendships and would not even walk with non-Jewish friends at school, to keep them out of trouble. "I made them go to the other side of the street to stay away from the danger of being with me." She tried to live an Orthodox Jewish life style, yet to reach out to all persons. Her childhood dream of being a nurse came to fruition in 1938 in a Jewish hospital in England. When Churchill announced war with Germany, many patients tried to commit suicide. After the war, she settled in Due West, S.C.


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