Henri Landwirth

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Henri Landwirth
A photo of Henri Landwirth
Born (1927-03-07)March 7, 1927
Antwerp, Belgium
Died April 16, 2018(2018-04-16) (aged 91)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Occupation hotelier, philanthropist
Known for founder of Give Kids the World, Holocaust survivor

Henri Landwirth (March 7, 1927 – April 16, 2018) was an hotelier and philanthropist. He was 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][2] His father was a diamond-cutter. During World War II, Henri and his family were separated and became prisoners in the Nazi death and labor camps. Henri spent the years between the ages of 13 and 18 in camps, including Auschwitz and Mauthausen. Both of his parents were been killed in the camps, but Henri and his twin sister, Margot, survived. After the war, Landwirth made his way to America.[1][2][3]

After a stint in the army,[4] 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. Landwirth co-owned a number of hotels in the Central Florida area, including the hotel that is now known as the Seralago Hotel & Suites Main Gate East.[3][5]

In 1986, Landwirth founded Give Kids The World, a nonprofit resort that provides vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families.[3]

Landwirth died on April 16, 2018 at the age of 91.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Henri Landwirth | Give Kids The World Village | Top-Rated Charity | Give Kids The World Village". Give Kids The World Village.
  2. ^ a b [s.n.] (1994). Funworld, volume 10. International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. ISSN 0892-3752. page 41.
  3. ^ a b c Landwirth, Henri; Hendricks, J.P. (1996). Gift of Life. OCLC 81253181.
  4. ^ [s.n.] ([n.d.]). Henri Landwirth: Living a Life Well-Served. Philanthropy World 12 (2). ISSN 1932-2313. Archived November 21, 2008.
  5. ^ The history of Seralago Hotel & Suites Archived February 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. at SeralagoHotel.com
  6. ^ Santich, Kate (April 17, 2018). "Give Kids The World Founder Henri Landwirth dead at 91". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Cravey, Beth Reese (April 17, 2018). "Henri Landwirth, 1927-2018: Holocaust survivor, philanthropist built legacy of giving". The Florida Times-Union.