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Antisemitismus nach 1945
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60 Jahre nach den Nürnberger Prozessen:
Ein Zeitzeugenvortrag von Ernest W. Michel

(in englischer Sprache)

Aufgezeichnet am 22. November 2005 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin

Im November 2005 jährten sich die Nürnberger Prozesse zum 60. Mal. Anlässlich dieses historischen Datums lud das Jüdische Museum Berlin Ernest W. Michel zu einem Zeitzeugenvortrag ein. Als Überlebender von Auschwitz, Buchenwald und Berga wurde er 1945 von der ersten freien Nachrichtenagentur Deutschlands (DANA) gebeten, als Sonderberichterstatter die Prozesse gegen die Hauptkriegsverbrecher vor dem Internationalen Militärgerichtshof in Nürnberg zu beobachten. Während des Prozesses traf er in einer der Gefängniszellen auf den Angeklagten Hermann Göring - eine Begegnung, die er niemals vergessen wird.

Vortrag anhören (mp3):
Teil 1 - Teil 2 - Teil 3 - Teil 4 - Teil 5 - Teil 6


Ernie (Ernest Wolfgang) Michel was born in 1923 in Mannheim, Germany, as son of Otto and Frieda Michel. His father's family had roots in Germany that went back more than three hundred years.

In September 1939 at age 16 he was sent to his first concentration camp. After almost six years interned in Nazi camps, including Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Berga, he escaped from a death march before the end of the war.

After working briefly for the United States Military Government, he became a special correspondent for the German News Agency DANA at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. His articles, carrying the byline "Auschwitz Survivor #104995" appeared in all German newspapers.

Michel eventually immigrated to the United States as a DP in 1946 with the aid of UJA funds.

After a brief stint as a reporter and columnist for the Port Huron Times Herald, he began his 50 plus year career with UJA, first as a speaker and beginning in 1947 as a member of its staff. His career culminated in his position as CEO of UJA-Federation, the largest citywide fundraising organization in the United States.

He was the initiator and chairman of the highly publicized Word Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Israel in 1981 which brought together, for the first and only time, 6000 survivors and their families from 23 countries and 4 continents.

His critically acclaimed autobiography "Promises to Keep", covering his life story beginning with "Kristallnacht" in Germany in 1938, his arrest as a teenager and subsequent deportation, his miraculous survival in camps, his final escape and his experiences with UJA since his arrival in the U.S. in 1946 was published in 1993.

Mr. Michel is an avid collector of historical Judaica, has established a major collection which is traveling throughout the United States. The Exhibit includes some 150 unique and historical items, letters, autographed photos, original documents and artifacts.

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