Sigfried Ramler (Photo Credit: DerStandar.at)
EWC Senior Education Fellow, Siegfried Ramler has a remarkable life and has been part of critical moments in history. During his childhood in Austria, he experienced annexation by Nazi Germany and escaped to England via Kindertransport. While living in London, he experienced the World War II Blitz. Later on, he became an interrogator and simultaneous interpreter at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, which placed him in contact with Nazi leaders in the defendants’ dock.
His marriage to a Hawaiian court reporter on the Nuremberg staff led to a move to Hawaiʻi and the beginning of a long career at Punahou School as teacher, administrator and founding director of the Wo International Center. His long experience in international education brought him to his current affiliation with Hawaiʻi’s East-West Center, where he collaborates with educational leaders and institutions in the Asia Pacific region.
Active in the education program of the East-West Center, Siegfried Ramler’s current projects include a cooperative initiative with China’s Ministry of Education and Peking University under the heading “Teaching about China and the United States.”
Sig Ramler had a recent trip to Europe for the 65th anniversary of the Nuremburg Nazi war crimes trials, where he was a translator and helped pioneer simultaneous translation techniques. Here is his personal retrospective on this trip.
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