Ladislaus Löb

Ladislaus Löb ( Cluj-Napoca , 8 of maypole of 1933 ) is a survivor of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen and is now professor emeritus in Brighton .


Ladislaus Löb spent his first 10 years of his childhood in the city of Marghita in Transylvania . He is the unique son of the merchant Izsó Löb. His mother Jolán (born Rosenberg) died in 1942 due to tuberculosis. In May 1944, Löb and his family were deported to the ghetto of Cluj . He managed to escape with his father to Budapest and entered the group of Rezső Kasztner . Kasztner negotiated with Adolf Eichmann so that 1700 Jews could leave the country to Palestine . But they were detained for five months in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp . In 1944 Eichmann allowed them to emigrate to Switzerland .

In the Swiss Löb he spent two years at the Ecole d’Humanite, was from 1948 to high school in Zurich and studied from 1953 to 1961 English philology and German at the University of Zurich .

In 1964 he took a post at the University of Sussex in Brighton . Not only did he teach German literature and philology, but also comparative literature . He also taught at the University of Constance (Germany) and at Middlebury College . Before setting emeritus professor in 1993 he published scientific papers on literature. Lately he has dealt with translations of German and Hungarian into English. His historical work on his impressions of the Holocaust and the fate of Rezső Kasztner has a strong autobiographical component and has been published in 6 languages ​​so far.

Received the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award in 2012. 2



  • Mensch und Gesellschaft bei JB Priestley (= Schweizer anglistische Arbeiten Bd. 53). Francke, Berne 1962 (= Doctoral thesis , University of Zurich, 1962).
  • From Lessing to Hauptmann: Studies in German Drama. University Tutorial Press, London, 1974.
  • Christian Dietrich Grabbe . Metzler, Stuttgart / Weimar, 1996
  • Geschäfte mit dem Teufel: Die Tragödie des Judenretters Rezső Kasztner. Bericht eines Überlebenden. Böhlau, Cologne, 2010


  • Krisztian Ungváry: Battle for Budapest 1944-1945 (London, 2002)
  • Otto Weininger : Sex and Character (Bloomington, 2003)
  • Béla Zsolt: Nine Suitcases (London, 2005)
  • Friedrich Nietzsche : Writings from the Early Notebooks (Cambridge, 2009)


  1. Back to top↑ Article of Spiegel , page visited on 19 December 2012 in German
  2. Back to top↑ Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award for Ladislaus Löb – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – page visited on December 19, 2012. in English