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
18 August 1933, French
French-Polish film director
Elie WieselElie Wiesel
30 September 1928, Romanian, American
Writer

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
05 March 1934, Israeli, American
American-Israeli psychologist

Otto FrankOtto Frank
12 May 1889, Swiss, German, Dutch
Father of Anne Frank

Simon WiesenthalSimon Wiesenthal
31 December 1908, Austrian
Nazi Hunter

Irena SendlerIrena Sendler
15 February 1910, Polish
Nurse
Primo LeviPrimo Levi
31 July 1919, Italian
Writer, Chemist

Jerzy KosińskiJerzy Kosiński
14 June 1933, American
Novelist

Olivier MessiaenOlivier Messiaen
10 December 1908, French
Composer, organist

Georges Charpak Georges Charpak
01 August 1924, French, Polish, Ukrainian
Physicist
Simone VeilSimone Veil
13 July 1927, French
Politician, Judge

Rudolf VrbaRudolf Vrba
11 September 1924, Canadian
Pharmacologist, Physician, University teacher
Jean-Marie LustigerJean-Marie Lustiger
17 September 1926, French
Theologian, Writer, Catholic priest

Henry MorgentalerHenry Morgentaler
19 March 1923, Canadian, Polish
Physician

Joel TeitelbaumJoel Teitelbaum
13 January 1887, Romanian
Philosopher, Rabbi
Olga LengyelOlga Lengyel
19 October 1908, Hungarian
Writer

Curt LowensCurt Lowens
17 November 1925, German
Actor, Stage actor, Television actor
Cornelia ten BoomCornelia ten Boom
15 April 1892, Dutch