(April 4, 1928 – June 23, 2014)
The family of Margit Ulrich is deeply honored that The Blue Card is renaming its joint Simcha Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program with the Anne Frank Center, in her memory.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1928, Margit immigrated to the United States in 1938. She and her sister Rita were first welcomed to Chicago by a foster family while their father found work and a place for them to live in New York; the three were reunited a few months later. Margit tended to recall few of the hardships she faced in having to flee her native land, but rather focused on the kindnesses she received as a young German Jewish immigrant in the United States. Despite the hardships of her childhood she was deeply conscious of what she considered her good fortune and actively reached out to children, elderly and infirm people, through teaching, family dinners and charitable contributions. As the Trinity School’s Transportation Coordinator for many years, Margit also took a personal extra step each year with fourth grade students, by sharing her own Holocaust survival story, as well as the story of her second cousin, Anne Frank. Children were always greatly moved by Margit’s history and she would answer every question with honesty and respect. In February 2007, the New York Times profiled her efforts as part of their ongoing chronicle of ordinary New Yorkers doing heroic work.
As part of her 15-year role on the Board of The Blue Card, Margit carefully considered applications from Holocaust survivors for emergency funding of health and living needs. She was a life-long, passionate advocate for the less fortunate, and believed in the mission of The Blue Card, to honor and give back to Holocaust survivors, and to educate the next generation in a mission of charity and respect.