Stephen Jacobs (Stefan Jakubowicz) was born in Lodz, Poland in 1939. After the Nazi invasion of Poland, he and his family were deported to the Piotrkow ghetto. The ghetto, which housed approximately 25,000 Jews was liquidated in 1942. Those who survived were sent to concentration camps – the women to Ravensbruck and the men to Buchenwald. Jacobs was only 5 years old and managed to survive Buchenwald through courage, luck, and miracles.
Today, he is a prominent New York architect. He designed the Holocaust memorial at the “little camp” at Buchenwald, where he was imprisoned, and also recently designed the Holocaust memorial in Tirana, Albania where more than 2,000 Jews were saved. Albania was the only occupied country that had more Jews at the end of WWII than at the beginning.
Today, Stephen Jacobs is a prominent New York architect.
Stefan Jakubowicz was only 5 years old when he was sent to Buchenwald in 1942.
Jacobs with his father in Buchenwald.
Stephen and his brother George after liberation. Click image to enlarge photo.
Inmates at Buchenwald. Click image to enlarge photo.
Jacobs designed the memorial at the Little Camp at Buchenwald. Click the image to enlarge photo.
Jacobs designed the memorial in Tirana, Albania. Click the image to enlarge photo.
- Fox 5 New York Article: Architect reflects on surviving the Holocaust and designing a memorial
- The Times of Isreael Article: Holocaust survivor architect designs memorial for Albanians who rescued Jews
- Jewish Telegraphic Agency Article: This Holocaust survivor turned architect designed a memorial honoring Albanians who saved Jews