William H. Donat died peacefully this week with his loving wife of 49 years Ellen at his side. He was born in Poland in 1937 and was one-and-a-half years old when World War II began. Shortly thereafter his parents and he were confined to the Warsaw ghetto established by the German occupiers and he was one of a handful of young children to have survived

When he was five, he was smuggled out of the Ghetto and given to Christian friends of his parents. Soon after his parents were left, he was betrayed and spent the remainder of the war in a Catholic orphanage. His parents were deported to various concentration camps where they spent the remaining two years of the war. Fortunately, both survived and the family was reunited after the war.

Immediately after World War II, Bill was brought to the United States in 1946, where he grew up in New York City. He attended Bronx High School of Science and graduated in 1956. He received a B.A. in French language and literature from Colgate University in 1960. After graduation, he married Ellen, and then went on active duty, serving proudly with the U.S. Army.

His professional career was spent in book publishing and in graphic arts. He was president of Waldon Press and a lecturer on Holocaust. He simultaneously devoted much of his time working pro bono as an editor, and then as the Chairman of the non-profit Holocaust Library, founded by his father Alexander, which published fifty-six books about Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe. He was a member of the Editorial Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and an active speaker for the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. He also was a member of the council of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants and a member of Generations of the Shoah International.

He was the loving father of Gregory (Suzanne), Edward (Avril), Jocelyn, proud grandfather of Annalisa, Caroline, Lindsay, Madeleine, Lucas, Riley. Will be remembered for his charismatic personality and sense of humor. Services: Woodlands Temple, White Plains, NY 10607, Friday, 11a.m. Donations: Woodlands Temple, Museum of Jewish Heritage: 36 Battery Pl., NYC, 10280, Thanks to Scandinavia: 165 E. 56 St., New York 10022.