Michel Velleman

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Michel Velleman
Ben Ali Libi.png
Professor Ben Ali Libi during a show at the Old Men's and Women's almshouse in Amsterdam in 1933
Born Michel Velleman
(1895-01-05)5 January 1895
Groningen, Netherlands
Died 2 July 1943(1943-07-02) (aged 48)
Sobibór extermination camp
Occupation Magician

Michel Velleman (5 January 1895 – 2 July 1943),[1] known by his stage name Professor Ben Ali Libi, was a Jewish magician who was killed in World War II. He is notable for Dutch poet Willem Wilmink's poem about him being killed by the Nazis.

He was living in Amsterdam on Merwedeplein [nl] 59 when he was abducted during a razzia in 1942.[1] He wrote a book of magic tricks that was published in 1925.[2]


  1. ^ a b Michel Velleman in Joods Historisch Museum monument to victims of the Shoah
  2. ^ Een serie goocheltoeren en kunstjes met eenvoudige hulpmiddelen, by Professor Ben-Ali-Libi (Pseudonym of Michel Velleman, Amusementsbureau Ben-Ali-Libi, 1925

External links

  • The poem in Dutch (a.o.)
  • Poem being read aloud by Joost Prinsen

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