Alice Herz was German Jew who became a Quaker after having immigrated to the United States with her daughter Helga in the early 1940's having been interred in a camp by Nazis. Her husband and two sons died in Germany. Alice settled in Detroit and taught German at Wayne State University.
On March 16, 1965 she self immolated on street corner in Detroit and died 10 days later. She had become frustrated with the policies of President Johnson of fire bombing the villages of the Vietnamese citizens. She had protested, written letters and marched but felt no one was concerned for the welfare of those of this small nation. In Berlin Germany there is a memorial plaza,"Alice Herz Platz" in her honor
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