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Famous Holocaust Survivors

Though some have denied that Holocaust ever happened, it is certainly real in the lives of those who experienced its horrors first hand. There are innumerable people, particularly the Jews, who have suffered terribly under the German Nazi regime and survived. Many were resilient enough to pick up the pieces and went on to achieve greatness in their chosen endeavors.

Elie Wiesel (1928 – )

Writer, Humanitarian, and Political Activist

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Similar with many other survivors, Wiesel found it difficult to write or discuss his horrible experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he lost many of his relatives including his parents and a sister. It would take him ten years after the end of the World War II before he was finally persuaded to write about it by his close friend François Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature. He eventually wrote over 40 books, the best known of which is “Night,” an autobiographical novella describing his Holocaust experiences. In 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize “for his powerful message of peace.”

Imre Kertész (1929 – )

Hungarian Author

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Kertész was only 15 when he was deported along with other Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz, Zeitz and Buchenwald. He recounted of his experiences in these three concentration camps in his best known quasi-autobiographical book, “Sorstalansag” (Fatelessness). He won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature “for writing that upholds the fragile experiences of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.”

Roman Polanski (1933 – )

French Film Director and Actor

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The Polanski family lived in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Being the target of Nazi persecution, his family was forced into the Krakow Ghetto with thousands of other Polish Jews. Roman Polanski’s mother was eventually gassed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp while his father almost did not survive the Mauthausen-Gusen camp. He was able to escape from the ghetto and survived the war with the aid of a farmer. He overcame his horrible war experiences and also his well known tumultuous personal life to become one of the world’s finest film directors. His impressive filmography includes the classic “Chinatown” (1974) and the Holocaust-themed “The Pianist,” for which he won the Academy Award for Directing and Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997)

Austrian Psychiatrist and Founder of Logotherapy

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  1. Lindalulu

    On October 15, 2008 at 8:18 am

    What a wonderful article. The Holocaust took so many people from us, but the ones left behind have made such an impression. Thank You !

  2. roberto sardelli

    On October 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

    great article and very interesting, thank you for sharing

  3. Rumi

    On October 15, 2008 at 9:16 am

    very well written,congratulations

  4. papaleng

    On October 15, 2008 at 11:48 am

    thanks for the articulate informations..

  5. Darlene McFarlane

    On October 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Again, you have brought intrigue and information together in one wonderfully written article.

  6. Ruby Hawk

    On October 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    We must never forget what the Nazi’s did to the Jews and never allow such a thing to happen again. We need to be reminded.

  7. Unofre Pili

    On October 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Great piece. Perhaps hundreds of other people who were capable of changing the world have died in that horrible holocaust.

  8. Juancav

    On October 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    These characters with his great work, honor their martyrs.

  9. Melody Arcamo Lagrimas

    On October 15, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Such courageous people with very impressive accomplishments inspite of their terrible experiences. Very inspiring write-up, thanks,eddie

  10. jhenz

    On October 15, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    nice one. interesting piece. makes me wanna go beyond the comfort zone.

  11. Hein Marais

    On October 16, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Great Article.

  12. nobert soloria bermosa

    On October 16, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    they’re lucky,they survive for a purpose,

  13. Nikki

    On October 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Great article. To the people saying “we must never forget this or let it happen again” check out africa. We’re letting it happen over there every day!

  14. eddiego65

    On October 19, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Yes, Nikki. That’s the sad part. People who never learn from history are bound to repeat the same mistakes.

  15. M J katz

    On October 25, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Your article made me want to cry. So much pain and loss for the above-mentioned individuals as well as for those people who led simple and quiet lives after WW11!
    Our government doesn’t seem to be doing very much for all the atrocities happening in Africa right now but remember; if oil was involved, President Bush probably would have had troops in there long before now to ‘help the people’…

  16. Patrick Bernauw

    On November 13, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Very sad and very true stories that have to be told again and again and again.

  17. Bren Parks

    On November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Excellent article!!!! The holocaust will always be an important tale to tell. I remember how moved I was when I read The Diary Of Anne Frank when I was a teenager.

  18. goodselfme

    On December 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Wonderful detailed composition.

  19. Pete Macinta

    On January 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for this important and informative article!

    God bless,

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    On March 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t have a comment, so i’m typing this

  21. Jordan Page

    On March 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

    A great tale about the worst thing our society has ever done…good job

  22. MyDick

    On April 23, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I am a survivor of the god damn halocast

  23. believe or not

    On May 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    i surely believe this happened and i am proud of our american soldiers who kicked tere faces in i hate nazis long live america forces dumb nazis

  24. a froend

    On May 8, 2009 at 11:50 am

    had great info

  25. carlos v

    On May 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    im retarded

  26. Syona

    On October 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Yeah well Roman Polanski druged and raped a 13 years old girl. That is just nasty.

  27. Jazmine

    On February 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    this topic makes me sad and its very hellish of people 2 do such a thing…………………………really sad and disgraceful of a human being ….oh wait…. DEY WERENT HUMAN BEINGZ CAUZE HUMANZ DONT DO THIS!!!!!

  28. Alyssa

    On January 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    ww II was a horrible time in history

  29. Unkown

    On March 26, 2012 at 4:43 am

    You forgot Władysław Szpilman \

  30. Romantic Hero

    On May 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    deep bro..good work

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