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The Ghetto Fighters' House Mourns the Passing of Roman Halter


Halter's stained glass windows
at Yad LaYeled
The Ghetto Fighters' House mourns the passing of Holocaust survivor Roman Halter at the age of 85.  Mr. Halter was a dear friend of the museum and contributed to the museum's mission of Holocaust commemoration.

 

Born in 1927 in Chodecz , 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 laborer.  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, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, was the visionary behind the design and creation of the Yad Layeled Children's Memorial Museum, located adjacent to the Ghetto Fighters' House – Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum. The history museum was founded in 1949 by a community of Holocaust survivors, members of the Jewish underground in the ghettos of Poland, and veterans of partisan units, to be a place of testimony that would tell the story of the Jewish People in the 20th century in general, and during the Second World War in particular.

 

Yad LaYeled, the first memorial to the 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered during the Shoah, originated in conversations between Antek Zuckerman and Roman Halter. Antek felt that the Ghetto Fighters' Museum was not complete unless it had a memorial to the children.

 

After the death of Antek, the idea of a separate building outside the main museum was developed, first by Roman Halter and then, for four years, Roman Halter and Ardyn Halter (born 1956, London, lives in Israel) worked on the design on which the present, completed building is based. It was to be like a child's sand-castle on three levels.  Their design was interpreted by Ram Carmi. Roman Halter and Ardyn Halter made the stained glass windows throughout the building. They worked voluntarily as a personal dedicated commemoration of the Halter family who were murdered during the Shoah.
 

Mr Halter is survived by his wife Susie, their three children, Aloma, Ardyn and Aviva, and his grandchildren.

For more information on Roman Halter's contribution to the design of Yad Layeled

News articles on Halter  News articles on Halter
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