Former ‘Post’ reporter Ernie Meyer dies at 92

Meyer started at The Jerusalem Post in 1967 as an ad translator but went on to become a celebrated reporter.

December 9, 2015 04:06
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Ernie Meyer

Ernie Meyer. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Ernie Meyer, who started working at The Jerusalem Post in the 1967, died on Monday night at the age of 92.

Starting at the paper as a translator of ads from Hebrew to English, Meyer worked his way up to become a respected journalist. When he began at the Post, he joked that all he knew about journalism was that newspapers were “good for wrapping fish.”

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Meyer, who was born in Cologne, Germany in 1923 to a cattle wholesaler and a housewife, was dispatched at age 16 to England on the Kindertransport, along with his younger sister Eva. Though saved from the clutches of Hitler, he was interned in a camp as a suspected German spy and then sent to Canada.

Meyer graduated from the University of Toronto and taught religion in an afternoon Jewish school, but, unhappy with this, became a partner in a used-car business.

At the age of 38, Meyer married Naomi, who insisted they make aliya and live in Jerusalem – for which Ernie was eternally grateful. Arriving with three daughters (Rahel, Hagit and Tamar), the family moved to Bayit Vegan, also raising a son (Ephraim), another daughter (Yael), and producing a tribe that includes 28 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Meyer initially covered transportation for the Post, but went on to specialize in education and Holocaust subjects until his retirement in 1993. He was most proud of his intensive, award-winning coverage of the Demanjuk trial.

Inspired by an art teacher, Meyer also had a love for drawing and was a capable artist, drawing scenes and people from his childhood, various still-lifes and religious objects.

In retirement, he spent time at the capital’s Yad Vashem and attended art and Torah classes.

At his 90th birthday party, he said: “All in all, I led a good and meaningful life, and I am grateful for all the good that God has blessed me.”

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