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 2000 Jews were saved.