March 11, 1926  -  September 8, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Lou Dunst, a Holocaust survivor and Philanthropist. His heart stopped working on the early morning of September 8, and was buried in Mount Sinai Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


"Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Peace in our Hearts, and Peace in the World."

Lou's Boxcar Experience


Take a look at the unbelievable journey that Lou went thru which started in his home town of Jasina and then was sent to some of the worst concentration camps known to man which included Auchwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen-Gusen, and Ebensee.




My Bargain with God:

The Story of Holocaust Survivor Lou Dunst


Written by Ben Kamin, this book tells the story of how odds were defied and death was stared in the face twice during the concentration camps of World War II.




Community Wide Tribute

Honoring Lou Dunst


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Videos and Recordings


Soon one will see a glimpse of Lou Dunst, and one can choose from a variety of videos which include speaking events, exerts from the making of the book "My Bargain with God", and unseen footage from his documentary.




Lou Dunst, this unassuming man with the quiet smile and soft voice rode on trains whose destinations are a litany of man’s inhumanity to man: Aschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen, Ebensee. Yet he tells us: ”God was always with us in the boxcars, in the camps, even in the gas chambers.” Now he tells his unique and rewarding story in his aptly-titled book, My Bargain with God. “Ha-Shem saved me and chose me to survive so I could tell this story.” This book is the culmination of years of talks to students, teachers, churches, synagogues, family and friends who encouraged Lou to put down in print what should never be forgotten.


The amazing thing is not his harrowing experience in the nightmare world of nazi-occupied Europe. No, many others have done just that. So have many survived, just as Lou has done. No, the miracle—if you must call it that—is that this man refused to be a victim and be consumed by the camps and the war that defined his early life. Instead of finding hate and vengeance in the heart of this man there is LOVE.  In a world overflowing with the worst things people could do to each other, Lou Dunst emerges from this with open arms and sincere love glowing from his very being. “We must get rid of the hate…have only love in your heart.”


Yes, Lou promised to tell the world his story; many of his contemporaries have done exactly that. However, Lou takes a turn away from the anger that could easily be his constant companion to build, instead, a house of Peace. Instead Lou chose to teach love.


That love has built a loving family, lasting friendships, and cherished memories. That love has opened hearts, calmed unrest, assuaged pain and taught us all the redemptive strength of standing tall with one’s faith and principles. Lou Dunst has accomplished that.


Lou keeps that tree healthy with every new branch it sprouts: his connection with San Diego’s Jewish community, his beloved wife Estelle, his 30 years as a successful businessman and now as an inspirational teacher and speaker. Lou Dunst’s life is an example of how one man can emerge from darkness into light and carry that true flame to others. To really honor him is to carry that light within us all and share it with each other.


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