Tributes to Holocaust survivor who kept on giving

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012
Roman Halter: dignity and warmth

Roman Halter: dignity and warmth

Tributes poured in this week for Holocaust survivor Roman Halter, who died on Monday, aged 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust. He was best known for his stained glass window work, examples of which exist in synagogues and churches around Britain.

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. In the mid 1990s Roman Halter became a leader of the successful campaign to get compensation for former slave labourers.

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.

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

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: 1:26pm, February 2 2012