The Nuremberg Trials- CANCELED!

Faculty Student Seminar

Wed, October 13, 2010 | Garrison Hall, Room 1.102

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ernest (Ernie) W. Michel, Holocaust survivor, author, lecturer and community leader served as Executive VIce President of the UJA-Federation of New York from 1970 to 1989. He continues his active involvement in the organization as COnsultant and Executive Vice President Emeritus.

Born in Germany, Mr. Michel was sent to his first camp at age 16 in 1939. After almost six years in some of the most norotious Nazi concentration camps - Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna-Monowitz, Buchenwald, Berga - just to mention a few, he escaped from a death march in 1945 from the camp of Berga in Germany.- before the end of World War II.


Seven months after his escape, he arrived at Nuremberg as a 22-year-old correspondent for the German news agency Dana. As a journalist, he was to report the trials in an objective fashion despite the emotions that surged in him when he recognized leading Nazis such as Hermann Goering. Sixty years after the trials, recalling his arrival at Nuremberg, he still thinks of how incongruous it was for him to be a reporter for German news after five and a half years of suffering Nazi persecution in labor camps. The byline on his articles read "Auschwitz survivor #104995." 

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

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