Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012
Roman Halter

Roman Halter

Holocaust survivor Roman Halter has died at the age of 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust.

Born in Chodecz in Poland, he was sent to the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a metal factory, as a young teenager.

The only surviving member of his family by 1942, he was transported to Auschwitz, and later to the Stutthof concentration camp and to Dresden as a slave labourer.

After the war he discovered he was one of just four survivors from his hometown, which had once had a Jewish community of some 800.

Mr Halter, whose paintings are displayed in the Imperial War Museuem, is survived by his wife Susie, their three children, Aloma, Ardyn and Aviva, and his grandchildren.

The funeral will take place on Thursday.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, paid tribute to Mr Halter.

"He was a man who survived unimaginable experiences and who will be remembered by all of us at HET for his great intellect, talent , dignity and above all, his warmth," she said. "He will be hugely missed."

Last updated: 4:35pm, January 31 2012