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117: Life After Hate with Arno Michaelis

by | Nov 16, 2022

Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
117: Life After Hate with Arno Michaelis

Arno Michaelis is a speaker, author of My Life After Hate, co-author of The Gift of Our Wounds,  Filmmaker, and Peacebuilding Consultant. 

 In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Arno was a leader of hate groups, and frontman of the hate-metal band Centurion before single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by people he once hated helped to change his world, bringing love for diversity and gratitude for all life. 

 Arno has appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”, “The View”, the BBC, CBC, and ABC. He has published op-ed on CNN, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Al Jazeera English.

·        How he feels proud of his broken heart as it opened him up for the world to touch the most tender part of him

·        How his faith in humanity remains unbroken

·        How he had an idyllic childhood even though he ended up in hate groups

·        How violence and hatred made sense in his world when nothing else did and he likens it to an addiction

·        How a black women pointed to his newly tattooed swastika on his finger and told him “That’s not who you are” and her compassion totally disarmed him and left him powerless

·        How he left hate groups and went to the rave scene which was hyper diverse and found himself embraced by the people he would have attacked in the past 

·        How he struggles with self-forgiveness but recognises its importance and that it’s a process

·        How he believes people commit crimes because they are suffering 

·        How he now embraces diversity, practices gratitude, is a Buddhist, promotes peace and has totally tuned his life around



Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.

She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.

You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/

You can listen to the full extended series of incredible stories on https://www.buzzsprout.com/1386718




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