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Margot Friedlander

Holocaust survivor 97-year-old Margot Friedlander accepted an invitation to read from her autobiography and speak with students at Freie Universität

Aug 22, 2019

Die Holocaust-Überlebende Margot Friedländer (Jahrgang 1921) hat am 21. August an der Freien Universität über ihre Erinnerung an die Verfolgung als Jüdin durch die Nationalsozialisten gesprochen. Hier sieht man sie vor der Rostlaube.

Margot Friedlander visited Freie Universität to read aloud from her autobiography and speak with students.
Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

“I came back to Germany to speak to you, to shake your hand, and to ask you to be the contemporary witnesses that we can no longer be,” said Margot Friedlander yesterday evening at Freie Universität. In an auditorium with more than 200 visitors, most of them students, Friedlander, who was born in 1921, described being a Jew in National Socialist Berlin.

“I was particularly impressed by this sentence,” says Vincent Bruckmann, a student of history and political science. Bruckmann had invited Margot Friedlander to visit Freie Universität, when he met her the year before at an event organized by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. After her reading there, he asked her if she could imagine coming to Freie Universität.

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