Meet Oskar Knoblauch

Holocaust Survivor, Speaker and Author

In March 1941, Oskar and his family of five were forced into the ghetto with no school and play, facing hard labor and the constant fear of death. Oskar escaped death many times using his young quick wit and the help of unexpected friendships, including fellow prisoners and even Nazi soldiers willing to risk their lives for his.  Every moment of Oskar's survival stemmed from hope, and in 1945 he was liberated under the cloud of over six million murdered Jews. 

Over the past fifteen years Oskar has spoken to over 250,000 people spreading the voice of tolerance and respect.  Oskar now welcomes you to learn from his website and support his cause to stop bullying and prejudice. 

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Author and Speaker
Oskar's Mission
Photos and Stories
Pictures of Life and War

Motivational Speaker

After 15 years Oskar is stepping away from presenting in-person but has provided a video of his 90-minute presentation that includes his time in the Holocaust, lessons learned and the importance of being an Upstander!



Oskar describes his life before the war, during the horrors of the Holocaust and in the aftermath . Read an excerpt here and click above for more details.



Oskar has been motivating students and community members to take the pledge and be an Upstander!

Oskar's Life Mask

Since 2000, as a tribute to his father, whose family was murdered in Nazi concentration camps, Robert Sutz, American Impressionist painter recognized in the U.S. and abroad for his urban scenes, portraits, life masks, and the We Remember Holocaust Memorial Foundation, has focused his array of talents full-time to create life masks of Holocaust survivors and paintings of Holocaust scenes. They are intended as an archive and a way for future generations to connect with the faces of those who survived the atrocities of the past.


The photo on the cover of Oskar's book, "A Boy's Story - A Man's Memory - Surviving the Holocaust", was donated by Robert. 

Also, Robert's work will be exclusively shown at the future Phoenix Holocaust Education Center. Click HERE to learn how you can help!


Barry Goldwater Life Mask

Co-Exist Project

Sydney Bradley - Photographer

Sydney heard Oskar speak at her school in Spring of 2012.   After listening to Oskar's powerful story she decided to partner with him for a school project in which she had to take a number of photos that followed any common theme.  She was inspired by Oskar’s story as a Holocaust Survivor and knew the importance to share his story through this project.  "Even though he was so cruelly discriminated against during World War II, he has learned to tolerate and have respect for those who put him down. Getting to hear his story firsthand was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget." - Sydney Bradley, 11th grade