Holocaust Survivor and Educator Who Lived in Purchase Died at 71

William H. Donat, who survived the Holocaust as a child by hiding in a Catholic orphanage, passed away last week. He died of prostate cancer.

Donat and his family lived in the Warsaw ghettos, and later moved to New York. He and his father were amongst the first Jewish survivors to go public with their Holocaust stories, or to even use the term “Holocaust.”

Donat, who has ilved in various parts of the county and spoken in front of local students about his experiences, ran a book publishing company that published 56 books about the Holocaust.

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