Roman Kent was born in Lodz, Poland in the 1920s. He spent the war years in the Lodz Ghetto and in the Auschwitz, Mertzbachtal, Dornau, and Flossenburg concentration camps. He arrived in the United States in 1946 under the auspices of the children’s quota of the United States Government’s “Displaced Persons Act.”
Kent, now aged 86, is the president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which helps Righteous Gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and currently are in need of assistance themselves.
Limmud FSU Co-Chair Sandy Cahn met with Kent and presented him with a mezuzah to put on the door of his new Midtown Manhattan office.
In addition to his work with the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Kent also is treasurer of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), which helps survivors and seeks claims on their behalf.
"Roman exemplifies heroism and compassion, as someone who has spent his life helping other Holocaust survivors and those few who risked their own lives to save Jews," said Cahn.
"His work deeply inspires us at Limmud FSU, as we engage Russian-speaking Jews with their heritage and their history – including the dark days of the Holocaust."