ERNEST ULRICH
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ULRICH--Ernest, died November 26, 2013. Born a Jew in Nazi Germany, Ernest immigrated to the United States at age 12, and graduated from NYU. He ran an international export company and upon retirement found his other true calling volunteering for Human Rights Watch and Big Apple Greeters. Ernest helped conceive and launch HRW Berlin and in 2005 was awarded the Theodor Heuss Prize for civil courage and initiative on behalf of HRW by the President of Germany. Ernest was a quiet hero. He saw people as human beings first, crossing ethnic, religious, racial and economic boundaries in the name of friendship. A devoted family man, Ernest is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margit, his daughters Lisa and Nancy, his son-in-laws Seth and Micheal, his grandsons Adin and Lucas, his brother and sister-in-law Werner and Ursula, and countless relatives, friends and co-workers. Donations can be made in his name to the Global Internship Program at Human Rights Watch, 350 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10118 or to City Year; attn. Jeremy Cramer, City Year HQ, 287 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02116.


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Published in New York Times on Jan. 5, 2014.
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January 18, 2014
What a special person Ernest was. I knew him as the lifetime friend of my close friend Gerry Weiler. (Gerry had been the longtime partner of my sister Sally). Gerry and Ernest were boyhood friends in Germany and remained close after their families fled Nazi Germany and moved to NYC. Of all the people Gerry had loved in his life, Ernest was dearest to him; as only friends with such long shared experiences can be. I met Ernest several times and was taken by his warmth and gentle manner as well as his open interest in others. I was especially touched by his obvious affection for Gerry. Despite their adult maturity and accomplishments, together they could still be boys. Upon learning of Ernest's committed work with Human Rights Watch, my respect for him grew even more and I know Gerry and Sally were impressed with, and proud of, Ernest's work there. The world has lost a warm, bright light. I am grateful for the love and support Ernest gave Gerry during their 7+ decades together, and for all the heart and time he gave to countless others who needed his voice. My heart goes out to Margit, Lisa and Nancy.
Helen Evers
January 7, 2014
It is Inspiring that human beings such as Ernest Ulrich grace this world. May comfort be bestowed upon his family and friends. Thank you, Mr. Ernest Ulrich for all the goodness you created. You are surely a credit to the human race.
Harriette Berman
January 7, 2014
I always admired Ernest's optimism and friendliness. He was a wonderful and inspiring colleague. I won't forget him. I wish his wife, children, family and friends courage and strength.
boris dittrich
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