It is said that a person dies twice: Once when the physical body ceases to function, and once when the person is no longer remembered by living generations. One of the many tragedies of the Nazi era was the destruction of the records of centuries-old Jewish communities in Germany and the eastern countries of Poland, Hungary, and others which kept the memories of those past alive for those living currently.
The Auerbach „Shtambaum“ which, beginning in the 1300’s, lists the names and abbreviated events in the history of the Auerbach family in Germany shows how deeply Jews were bound into the soil of Germany, yet not one of that entire family tree now lives in Germany (or in Europe) as far as I know. What remained of the family after the Second World War moved to England, Israel, and the United States.
Rabbi Selig Auerbach and Hilda Fromm Auerbach ended up in the United States. Their three daughters all were proud of their parents and continued in the observance of Judaism; all married and produced children all of whom are sincerely Jewish, and all have contributed to the development of their country. The memory of the Auerbachs lives on in our family.
I am very happy and proud that in Germany memory of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Auerbach is also kept alive and enshrined in the Auerbach Prize given to school children annually, and that in this website their memory is kept vibrant in the eyes of their people.
May the friendship which has replaced hatred live on between Germany and its Jewish citizens and indeed between peace-loving peoples throughout the world.
Dr. Morton Isaacs (son in law – Selig and Hilda Auerbach)