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.
Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski
(French-Polish film director)

18 August 1933

French

Elie WieselElie Wiesel
(Writer)

30 September 1928

Romanian,American

Simon WiesenthalSimon Wiesenthal
(Nazi Hunter)

31 December 1908

Austrian

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
(American-Israeli psychologist)

05 March 1934

Israeli,American

Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889

Swiss,German,Dutch

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
(Nurse)

15 February 1910

Polish

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
(Writer, Chemist)

31 July 1919

Italian

Olivier MessiaenOlivier Messiaen
(Composer, organist)

10 December 1908

French

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
(Physicist)

01 August 1924

French,Polish,Ukrainian

Jerzy KosińskiJerzy Kosiński
(Novelist)

14 June 1933

American

Simone VeilSimone Veil
(Politician, Judge)

13 July 1927

French

Rudolf VrbaRudolf Vrba
(Pharmacologist, Physician, University teacher)

11 September 1924

Canadian

Henry MorgentalerHenry Morgentaler
(Physician)

19 March 1923

Canadian,Polish

Joel TeitelbaumJoel Teitelbaum
(Philosopher, Rabbi)

13 January 1887

Romanian

Jean-Marie LustigerJean-Marie Lustiger
(Theologian, Writer, Catholic priest)

17 September 1926

French

Olga LengyelOlga Lengyel
(Writer)

19 October 1908

Hungarian

Curt LowensCurt Lowens
(Actor, Stage actor, Television actor)

17 November 1925

German

Cornelia ten BoomCornelia ten Boom

15 April 1892

Dutch