Famous Holocaust Survivors - List of Famous Holocaust Survivors

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.

This list of holocaust survivors includes names like Roman Polanski, Meyer Gottleib and Branko Lustig

The Most Famous Holocaust Survivors

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Irena SendlerFebruary 15, 1910PolishIrena Sendler was a Polish nurse who along with her network is credited to have saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust
Simon WiesenthalDecember 31, 1908AustrianSimon Wiesenthal was an Austrian writer and a famous Nazi hunter
Roman PolanskiAugust 18, 1933FrenchRoman Polanski is a film director and producer, considered as one of the few “truly international filmmakers”
Otto FrankMay 12, 1889German, Dutch, SwissOtto Frank was a German businessman, famous as the father of Anne Frank
Elie WieselSeptember 30, 1928Romanian, AmericanElie Wiesel is a Jewish Writer who has authored more than fifty books including, the best-known “Night”
Daniel KahnemanMarch 5, 1934Israeli, AmericanDavid Kahneman, a Nobel Memorial prize recipient, has made notable contribution in psychology and economics
Primo LeviJuly 31, 1919ItalianPrimo Levi was an Italian chemist and a writer
Jerzy KosińskiJune 14, 1933AmericanJerry Kosinski has earned international acclaim for his works ‘The Painted Bird’, an autobiographical account and ‘Being There’ a political satire
Olivier MessiaenDecember 10, 1908FrenchOlivier Messiaen is a renowned French composer and organist
Georges CharpakAugust 1, 1924French, Polish, UkrainianGeorges Charpak was a Polish-born French physicist who received the Nobel Prize for inventing the multi-wire proportional chamber

Georges Charpak

Georges Charpak was a Polish-born French physicist who received the Nobel Prize for inventing the multi-wire proportional chamber

FrenchAugust 1, 1924105 views

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse who along with her network is credited to have saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust

PolishFebruary 15, 1910457 views

Jerzy Kosiński

Jerry Kosinski has earned international acclaim for his works ‘The Painted Bird’, an autobiographical account and ‘Being There’ a political satire

AmericanJune 14, 1933110 views

Daniel Kahneman

David Kahneman, a Nobel Memorial prize recipient, has made notable contribution in psychology and economics

IsraeliMarch 5, 1934130 views

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski is a film director and producer, considered as one of the few “truly international filmmakers”

FrenchAugust 18, 1933218 views

Otto Frank

Otto Frank was a German businessman, famous as the father of Anne Frank

GermanMay 12, 1889181 views

Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen is a renowned French composer and organist

FrenchDecember 10, 1908108 views

Simon Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal was an Austrian writer and a famous Nazi hunter

AustrianDecember 31, 1908350 views

Primo Levi

Primo Levi was an Italian chemist and a writer

ItalianJuly 31, 1919121 views

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel is a Jewish Writer who has authored more than fifty books including, the best-known “Night”

RomanianSeptember 30, 1928158 views