Ladislaus Löb, a Romanian-born Holocaust survivor who fled to Switzerland before pursuing a career as a teacher, author and translator, has died at the age of 88.
This content was published on October 6, 2021 – 17:36
Löb died on October 2, according to Anita Winter of the Gamaraal Foundation, a Swiss Holocaust survivor support group.
Born in Cluj in Transylvania in 1933, LöbExternal link was one of 18,000 Jews imprisoned in that city’s ghetto in 1944, before he and his father managed to escape to Budapest.
There they were part of the so-called “Kasztner group” of around 1,600 Jews who were able to leave Hungary safely thanks to an agreement between Nazi official Adolf Eichmann and Zionist leader Rudolf Kasztner.
As a result, Löb and his father transited through the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany before arriving as refugees in St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland in December 1944, as Löb describes in this personal account.External link.
In a 2019 interview with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper, Löb said: “I have been incredibly lucky in my life, but I managed to live longer than 12 years, I can only thank one man, Rezsö Kasztner”.
In 1957, Kasztner was assassinated by Jewish extremists in Israel who accused him of collaboration.
After studying in Zurich, Löb worked as a teacher and journalist before moving to Brighton in Great Britain in 1963, where he became professor of German language and literature at the University of Sussex.
He published various books throughout his career, including a dissertation, a book on Kasztner, and translations by well-known authors such as Friedrich Nietzsche.