‘Anyone can be moral, even under the worst of circumstances’

By Heather Robinson

Tuesday, October 14th 2008, 11:29 PM
Roman Kent helps gentiles who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. Lombard for News

Roman Kent helps gentiles who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust.

When his children were small, they would ask Roman Kent to tell them stories about his boyhood.

A Holocaust survivor, Kent told them happy stories about his family – his brother, two sisters, himself and their parents – before the Germans forced them into the ghetto in Lodz, the city in Poland where they lived. His stories often included a mutt named Lala, his childhood pet.

Talking about Lala was one way to share with his children some of the beautiful and ugly truths about his childhood. In telling the remarkable story of how his dog found and visited them in the ghetto, he was able to talk about love in the midst of horrors.

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MR. KENT IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN GATHERING.