Roman Halter

Born in 1927, in Chodecz, Poland, the youngest of seven children. From 1940 until spring 1945 Roman was in Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz-Birkenau and Stuffhof concentration camps. He was then used as slave labour in a factory in Dresden.

"My whole family was murdered. From my town of Chodecz, where 800 Jews lived, four of us survived."

Roman came to Britain in autumn 1945, as one of the ‘The Boys’. He qualified as an architect, taught architecture and opened his own practice in London and Cambridge.

In 1974 Roman started recording his Holocaust experiences in writing and painting – the promise made to his grandfather, who died of starvation in Lodz ghetto. He also began designing and producing stained-glass windows and making, in cast filigree, Royal Coats of Arms for British Embassies and Crown Courts. He now paints most days; in 2006 the Imperial War Museum acquired seven of his paintings.

In 2006 Fergal Keane accompanied Roman to Poland. The film of their visit was shown on the BBC. Roman’s autobiography Roman’s Journey was published in 2007.

Roman is married to fellow-survivor Susie Halter. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

"The truth of our past – the history of the Holocaust – must be taught, especially to younger generations, for the sake of concord amongst people and for the building of a better, safer future and world."