Samuel Pisar, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors, dies aged 86
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American lawyer and writer Samuel Pisar, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors and former advisor to US President John F. Kennedy, has died in New York aged 86.
Tributes poured in from world leaders on news of his death on Monday.
US Vice President Joe Biden called him a "courageous and remarkable man" who overcame a childhood lost to the Holocaust to become a trusted friend and advisor to presidents.
"To ensure that the blood spilled became, in his words 'blood of hope', Samuel Pisar dedicated his life to the pressing task of passing down what he had experienced," said Hollande.
Pisar was "one of the rare very well-known survivors, along with Elie Wiesel and Simone Veil," said French Jewish community leader Roger Cukierman, who said he had lost "a friend."
After the war, Pisar became a celebrated academic and international lawyer and in the 1960s served as a trade advisor to Kennedy.
He was a friend to French presidents Francois Mitterrand and Valery Giscard d'Estaing. His stepson is US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Biden said Pisar's memoir, "Of Blood and Hope," "should be required reading."
Born in Poland in 1929, Pisar's parents and younger sister Frieda were murdered by the Nazis, while he was sent to a string of Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz and Dachau.
Reunited with an aunt in Paris after the war, he went on to study law in Australia, and earn doctorates from Harvard and the Sorbonne.
Samuel Pisar gave his final interview to FRANCE 24 in January.