Ladislaus Löb with students
Since my retirement – and in particular since the publication of Dealing with Satan – I have been receiving an increasing number of invitations to give talks on Rezső Kasztner’s and my own story.
In the UK I have spoken at the Universities of Sussex, Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Essex and University College London; at the Edinburgh and Bath Festivals; at the Jewish Book Week and the Jewish Cultural Centre in London; and at gatherings of historical Associations in Sussex, Warwick and Durham.
Venues abroad have been the Central European University and the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest, the Eibeshitz Institute in Haifa, Jewish cultural organisations in Zürich and Basel, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Berlin. A lecture tour organised by the publishers of the German version of Dealing with Satan, which generated a great deal of media attention, took me to the Universities of Hamburg, Berlin, Essen, Frankfurt am Main and Aachen as well as to the Bergen-Belsen Memorial and the Jewish Community Centre in Munich.
I delivered the keynote address on National Holocaust Day at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London, at the University of Essex, at Wellingborough Museum and, under the auspices of the Councils concerned, in Bath and Exeter.
I participated in panel debates on Gaylen Ross’s documentary Killing Kasztner in Austria, France, Hungary, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.
Most moved by my talks were the elderly audiences in fifteen branches of the Association of Jewish Refugees.
Most eager to do better than previous generations were the young students in the secondary schools where I spoke under the auspices of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
“The story ... was riveting. Professor Löb, an elegant, humble and entirely dignified man, told the story of the Kasztner train and the man himself beautifully.” Bath Chronicle
"Prof Löb has released a book, Dealing with Satan, which charts the story of his rescue from the Nazi death camps and he had the pupils captivated yesterday with his tales. Lottie Rowe, head of religious studies at Commonweal School, said: 'It is a privilege for us to welcome Professor Ladislaus Löb to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced'." Swindon Advertiser
"Jackie Johnston, Principal of Collyer’s said: 'It was a privilege for us to welcome Professor Ladislaus Löb to our college and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced'." Collyer's Press Release
"A capacity crowd packed in to Wellingborough Museum ... to hear Ladislaus Löb speak about his experiences at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during the Second World War. Museum chairman Robert Wharton said: 'He spoke very well – you could hear a pin drop in the room, everyone was very taken by the story'. “ Northamptonshire Telegraph
"At Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath ... student Dominic Haycock said: 'It was a great insight into one of the many personal stories of the Holocaust.' A school spokesman said: 'The testimony of Professor Löb will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced'.” Mid Sussex
Ladislaus Löb lecturing for the Holocaust Educational Trust
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