Holocaust survivor, Vogue

Holocaust survivor on Vogue Germany cover, shares harrowing story

Margot Friedländer, a 102-year-old Holocaust survivor, has become the featured star on the cover of Vogue Germany, a departure from the magazine's typical celebrity and model covers. 

Vogue Germany past covers (photo: Yulia Reznikov/shutterstock)

Born Anni Margot Bendheim in Berlin in 1921, Friedländer is renowned in Germany for her steadfast dedication to Holocaust education, combating antisemitism and human rights activism for whiich she has received multiple honours.

While Margot Friedländer exudes positivity when she speaks, she also acknowledges the harsh realities of the tragedies she has seen. Speaking to Vogue Germany, she expresses shock at the increase of antisemitism and the appeal of right-wing speech within the younger generation. According to Vogue Germany, she says, "Focus on what brings you together." Examine what brings you together. Stay true to your humanity. "Use your common sense."

In the July/August issue of Vogue magazine in Germany, Holocaust survivor Margot Friedländer is featured on the cover and in a story showcasing her strong spirit and message of unity. In her interview with Vogue Germany, the 102-year-old Berliner, who survived the atrocities of the Nazi regime, continues to advocate for unity and compassion.

Despite facing significant tragedy in her life, Friedländer has discovered fulfillment and significance through her commitment to education and advocacy. Vogue Germany emphasizes her commitment to educating younger generations by visiting schools to give thousands of speeches on the Holocaust and the risks of antisemitism. Teaching has become her true calling, as she is dedicated to ensuring that the past atrocities are always remembered and not repeated. Her elegant portrait graces the July/August edition, where she discusses her lifelong commitment to this cause.

Following the loss of her family in Auschwitz, Margot established a charitable foundation in her name and has since become one of Germany's most recognizable survivors. Vogue journalist Miriam Amro conducted the interview, revealing poignant details of Margot's wartime experiences, including her harrowing journey into hiding and subsequent deportation to Theresienstadt concentration camp.

After marrying Adolf Friedländer and relocating to New York, Margot returned to Berlin at the age of 88 in 1997 following her husband's passing. Despite enduring profound hardships, she reflects on finding contentment, stating, "I am satisfied. What more can I ask for from life?"

Margot, captured in a striking red coat for the cover shoot, recently received an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Berlin in recognition of her role as a contemporary witness. She has authored a biography titled "Try to Make Your Life," detailing her experiences.

Her foundation hosts an annual awards ceremony in Germany, celebrating individuals combating antisemitism, racism, exclusion, and promoting freedom and democracy.

The World Jewish Congress expressed profound enthusiasm at seeing Margot Friedländer featured on the cover of Vogue Germany, noting her tireless advocacy for Shoah education. They have collaborated with her on various Holocaust education initiatives, underscoring her enduring impact as a survivor and educator.


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