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Notable Holocaust Survivors

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This list of Holocaust survivors features information about people who survived the Holocaust. Over 200 of the most famous Holocaust survivors have been listed, with pictures, and many of the entries have additional biographical data. This Holocaust survivors list includes many Jews, but we mustn't forget the Gypsies, gays, and other groups the German Nazis targeted. That said, it's the Jewish community who spearheads the effort to ensure that death camps, such as those in World War II Germany and its neighboring countries, never happen again.

It is also these victims who rebuff Holocaust denial, the deniers who claim the medical experiments and gas chambers of the Third Reich were exaggerations if not complete fabrications. If you are looking to find out who were the most well-known Jews who survived the Holocaust, they are here, and they would certainly say otherwise to the deniers. Some of the most famous survivors of the Holocaust include director Roman Polanski, concert promoter Bill Graham, and sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Who are the notable Holocaust survivors and important people who were in the Holocaust? Take a look at this list to find out. And be sure to vote for your favorite famous Holocaust movies as well.
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  • Roman Polanski
    Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director,...  more
  • Elie Wiesel
    Eliezer Wiesel (, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾĔlîʿezer Vîzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2,...  more
  • Ruth Westheimer

    Ruth Westheimer

    Age: 92
    Ruth Westheimer (born June 4, 1928), better known as Dr. Ruth, is a German-American sex...  more
  • Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Kahneman

    Age: 86
    Daniel Kahneman (; Hebrew: דניאל כהנמן‎; born March 5, 1934) is an Israeli-American...  more
  • Primo Levi

    Primo Levi

    Dec. at 68 (1919-1987)
    Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]; 31 July 1919 – 11 April 1987) was an Italian...  more
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Olivier Messiaen

    Dec. at 84 (1908-1992)
    Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen (UK: , US: , French: [ɔlivje mɛsjɑ̃]; December 10,...  more
  • Simon Wiesenthal

    Simon Wiesenthal

    Dec. at 97 (1908-2005)
    Simon Wiesenthal (31 December 1908 – 20 September 2005) was a Jewish Austrian Holocaust...  more
  • Robert Clary
    Robert Clary (born Robert Max Widerman; March 1, 1926) is a French-American actor, published...  more
  • Irena Sendler

    Irena Sendler

    Dec. at 98 (1910-2008)
    Irena Stanisława Sendler (née Krzyżanowska), also referred to as Irena Sendlerowa in Poland,...  more
  • Bill Graham

    Bill Graham

    Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)
    Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a...  more
  • Walter Kohn
    Walter Kohn (German pronunciation: [ˈvaltɐ ˈkoːn]; March 9, 1923 – April 19, 2016) was an...  more
  • Imre Kertész
    Imre Kertész (Hungarian: [ˈimrɛ ˈkɛrteːs]; 9 November 1929 – 31 March 2016) was a Hungarian...  more
  • Witold Pilecki

    Witold Pilecki

    Dec. at 47 (1901-1948)
    Witold Pilecki (13 May 1901 – 25 May 1948; Polish pronunciation: [ˈvitɔlt piˈlɛt͡skʲi];...  more
  • Georges Charpak

    Georges Charpak

    Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)
    Georges Charpak (French: [ʃaʁpak]; born Jerzy Charpak, 8 March 1924 – 29 September 2010) was a...  more
  • Pierre Seel

    Pierre Seel

    Dec. at 82 (1923-2005)
    Pierre Seel (16 August 1923 in Haguenau, Bas-Rhin – 25 November 2005 in Toulouse,...  more
  • Simone Veil
    Simone Annie Liline Veil, DBE (French: [simɔn vɛj] (listen), née Jacob; 13 July 1927 – 30 June...  more
  • Liviu Librescu

    Liviu Librescu

    Dec. at 77 (1930-2007)
    Liviu Librescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlivju liˈbresku]; Hebrew: ליביו ליברסקו‎; August 18,...  more
  • Rudolf Vrba

    Rudolf Vrba

    Dec. at 82 (1924-2006)
    Rudolf "Rudi" Vrba (born Walter Rosenberg; 11 September 1924 – 27 March 2006) was a...  more
  • Charlotte Delbo

    Charlotte Delbo

    Dec. at 72 (1913-1985)
    Charlotte Delbo, (10 August 1913 – 1 March 1985) was a French writer chiefly known for her...  more
  • Ernest Mandel

    Ernest Mandel

    Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)
    Ernest Ezra Mandel (Dutch: [manˈdɛl]; also known by various pseudonyms such as Ernest Germain,...  more
  • Emil Fackenheim

    Emil Fackenheim

    Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)
    Emil Ludwig Fackenheim (22 June 1916 – 18 September 2003) was a noted Jewish philosopher and...  more
  • Ivan Klíma
    Ivan Klíma (born 14 September 1931 in Prague, as Ivan Kauders) is a Czech novelist and...  more
  • Kurt Goldstein

    Kurt Goldstein

    Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)
    Kurt Goldstein (November 6, 1878 – September 19, 1965) was a German neurologist and...  more
  • Louis Begley
    Louis Begley (born October 6, 1933) is a Polish-born Jewish American novelist. He is best...  more
  • Balys Sruoga

    Balys Sruoga

    Dec. at 51 (1896-1947)
    Balys Sruoga (February 2, 1896, in Baibokai, Kovno Governorate – October 16, 1947, Vilnius)...  more