Herz, Alice

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Herz, Alice Gender: F
Alice Jeanette Strauss
born on 25 May 1882 at 18:30 (= 6:30 PM )
Place Hamburg, Germany, 53n33, 9e59
Timezone LMT m9e59 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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German-American longtime peace activist who was the first person in the United States known to have immolated herself in protest of the escalating Vietnam War, following the example of Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức who immolated himself in protest of the oppression of Buddhists under the South Vietnamese government.

Of German Jewish ancestry, Herz was a widow who left Germany with her daughter, Helga, in 1933, saying that she anticipated the advent of Nazism long before it arrived. Alice and Helga eventually came to the United States in 1942.

They settled in Detroit, where Helga became a librarian at the Detroit Public Library and Alice worked for some time as an adjunct instructor of German at Wayne State University. The pair petitioned for, but were denied, U.S. citizenship due to their refusal to vow to defend the nation by arms. Helga later reapplied and was granted citizenship in 1954, but it is not clear if Alice ever did so. Alice and Helga joined the Unitarians and both became involved in the activities of several peace groups.

Herz self-immolated on 16 March 1965 on a street in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 82. A motorist and his two sons were driving by and saw her burning and put out the flames. She died of her injuries ten days later.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Health : Violent trauma 16 March 1965 (Self-immolated)
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  • Death by Disease 26 March 1965 (Burn injuries, age 82)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Hamburg archives.


  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (German emigrant to USA)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 82)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (Self-immolated)
  • Vocation : Education : Librarian
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Anti-war, pacifist)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure