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


Elie WieselElie Wiesel

30 September 1928


Otto FrankOtto Frank
(Father of Anne Frank)

12 May 1889


David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
(American-Israeli psychologist)

05 March 1934


Irena SendlerIrena Sendler

15 February 1910


Simon WiesenthalSimon Wiesenthal
(Nazi Hunter)

31 December 1908


Primo LeviPrimo Levi
(Writer, Chemist)

31 July 1919


Olivier MessiaenOlivier Messiaen
(Composer, organist)

10 December 1908


Georges Charpak Georges Charpak

01 August 1924


Jerzy KosińskiJerzy Kosiński

14 June 1933


Simone VeilSimone Veil
(Politician, Judge)

13 July 1927


Rudolf VrbaRudolf Vrba
(Pharmacologist, Physician, University teacher)

11 September 1924


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Henry MorgentalerHenry Morgentaler

19 March 1923


Joel TeitelbaumJoel Teitelbaum
(Philosopher, Rabbi)

13 January 1887


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

17 September 1926


Olga LengyelOlga Lengyel

19 October 1908


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

17 November 1925


Cornelia ten BoomCornelia ten Boom

15 April 1892