The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for European Studies present "The Nuremberg Trials and Promises Kept," a talk by Holocaust survivor and author Ernest W. Michel on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m. in Garrison Hall, room 1.102 and 7 p.m. in Texas Hillel, 2105 San Antonio Street.
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 notorious Nazi concentration camps - Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna-Monowitz, Buchenwald, Berga - just to mention a few, he escaped from a death march - 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."
Michel is a community leader and lecturer. He 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.