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Professor Ben Ali Libi in 1933 during a show at the Old Men's and Women's almshouse in Amsterdam

Ben Ali Libi, birth name Michel Velleman (5 January 1895 – 2 July 1943)[1] 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 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. 1.0 1.1 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

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