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Survivors' Stories

Roman Halter, Peter Lantos

26/02/2007 3:15 pm
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Extraordinarily, Roman Halter made it out of the Lodz ghetto, survived Auschwitz and endured the Dresden bombing, before finally escaping to England.

Peter Lantos journeyed from Hungary to Bergen-Belsen where his father died. After liberation, he endured Communist oppression in Budapest.

They both revealed how they survived and built successful and happy lives.

Roman Halter

Roman Halter was born in 1927 and is a celebrated architect.  He designed the gates of Yad Vashem, and has been exhibited at Tate Britain. He only recently told his story in Roman’s Journey.

Peter Lantos

Peter Lantos is a highly respected clinical neuroscientist and is the author of Parallel Lines.

Joanna Newman


Joanna Newman MBE is the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.  She was Vice-Principal and Vice-President at King’s College London, and is a trustee of the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).  She is a senior research fellow in History at King’s College London and an honorary research fellow at the University of Southampton specialising in the history of antisemitism, the Holocaust and Caribbean history.  Her most recent publication is Nearly the New World: The British West Indies and the Flight from Nazism, 1933-1945.