Henri Landwirth

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Henri Landwirth
A photo of Henri Landwirth
Born 1927
Antwerp, Belgium
Occupation hotelier
Known for founder of Give Kids the World, Holocaust survivor

Henri Landwirth (born in 1927) is an hotelier and philanthropist. He is the founder of Give Kids The World and Dignity U Wear.

Landwirth was born into a Jewish family in Antwerp, in northern Belgium, in 1927.[1] His father was a diamond-cutter. He and his twin sister were arrested when they were thirteen, but survived the Holocaust and moved to North America after the War.[1]

After a stint in the Army,[2] Landwirth took a course in hotel management. He first worked in New York City and then in 1954 became manager of the Starlight Motel in Cocoa Beach, Florida.[1] Landwirth was also reported to be one of the original owners (which also included astronaut John Glenn) of the hotel that is now known as the Seralago Hotel & Suites Main Gate East near Orlando, Florida.[3][4] He would give away free rooms to ill children whose arrangements to go to their desired vacation were taking too long, somewhat in the same nature as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [s.n.] (1994). Funworld, volume 10. International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. ISSN 0892-3752. page 41.
  2. ^ [s.n.] ([n.d.]). Henri Landwirth: Living a Life Well-Served. Philanthropy World 12 (2). ISSN 1932-2313. Archived 21 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b The history of Seralago Hotel & Suites at SeralagoHotel.com
  4. ^ Landwirth, Henri. Gift of Life.