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.
Published in New York Times on Jan. 5, 2014.