At the age of 101, Margot Friedländer founded a foundation to continue the life’s work of Holocaust survivors. The five board members appointed by her are supposed to lead the foundation in her spirit, promoting democracy and freedom.
“I speak for those who can no longer do so, for the six million people who were killed simply because they were Jews, and for millions more whom the regime didn’t consider as human beings. We can no longer change what happened, but it must never happen again,” said Margot Friedländer.
Margot Friedländer was born a Jewish German in Berlin in 1921 and was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Nazis in 1944. Her parents and brother were murdered. After her liberation, she lived with her husband in the USA for 64 years before returning to Berlin at the age of 88.
To fight against forgetting and for “never again,” and to promote tolerance and respect, the establishment of the Margot Friedländer Foundation, at the age of 101, aims to ensure that this work of remembrance continues in a time without contemporary witnesses. The Foundation will carry on her life’s work, and she expressed her hope and wish for this to continue.
Margot Friedländer expressed her satisfaction with the foundation and its board, stating that she looks forward to “many more years of successful cooperation.