Famous Celebrities Who Managed To Survive The Holocaust

The holocaust, which occurred in Europe during German Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s reign, is considered one of the most infamous chapters of history. After the Nazi dictator rose to power in Germany, millions of people belonging to the Jewish community were thrown into concentration camps, where they were subjected to different forms of torture. Most of these prisoners succumbed to the inhuman living conditions of these camps. However, there were a few who managed to survive the cruelty and narrate the horrific episodes of their past. While some of these individuals managed to escape the clutches of the German Police and move to England and the United States, a few others toiled hard at the labor camps until Hitler’s era finally ended. The list of lucky holocaust survivors includes the names of several noteworthy Hollywood celebrities. Acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski, Branko Lustig – the producer of blockbusters like ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Gladiator’ as well as Meyer Gottleib – producer of the flick ‘Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ are a few. In a recent interview, Roman Polanski, the maker of films like ‘The Pianist’ recalled a terrifying incident he witnessed. The filmmaker who was a child back then saw a woman being shot dead by an SS officer. The incident sends shivers down Polanski’s spine even today. There are several such people who survived the tragedy and some of their stories are quite gripping. We have listed the names of quite a few holocaust survivors. It’s high time you read their stories.

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Elie Wiesel
(Writer)

Elie Wiesel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
Died: July 2, 2016
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

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Hannah Arendt
(Philosopher)

Hannah Arendt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Linden - Mitte, Hanover, Germany
Died: December 4, 1975

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Otto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

Otto Frank
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Province of Hesse-Nassau
Died: August 19, 1980

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Simon Wiesenthal
(Nazi Hunter)

Simon Wiesenthal
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 31, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buczacz
Died: September 20, 2005

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Primo Levi
(Holocaust Survivor)

Primo Levi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: April 11, 1987

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Simone Veil
(Member of the Constitutional Council 1998 - 2007)

Simone Veil
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 30, 2017

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Rudolf Vrba
(Former biochemist became known for having escaped from the camp in April 1944, at the height of the Holocaust)

Rudolf Vrba
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Topoľčany, Slovakia
Died: March 27, 2006
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Georges Charpak
(Physicist)

Georges Charpak
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dąbrowica, Poland
Died: September 29, 2010

Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: July 8, 1996

 10 
Michel Thomas
(Linguist)

Michel Thomas
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Birthdate: February 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lodz, Poland
Died: January 8, 2005

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Mirosław Hermaszewski
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipniki, Poland

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Francis Lemarque
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 20, 2002

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Olga Lengyel
(Writer)

Olga Lengyel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transylvania
Died: April 15, 2001

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Henry Morgentaler
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Łódź
Died: May 29, 2013

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Thomas Blatt
(Writer)

Thomas Blatt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Izbica, Poland
Died: October 31, 2015

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Curt Lowens
(Actor, Stage actor, Television actor)

Curt Lowens
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Birthdate: November 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Olsztyn

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Yosef Lapid
(Television presenter)

Yosef Lapid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Died: June 1, 2008

 18 
Joel Teitelbaum
(Philosopher, Rabbi)

Joel Teitelbaum
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației
Died: August 19, 1979

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Claude Bourdet
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 20, 1996