Book launch honors the life of Holocaust survivor Siggi Wilzig, who built a business empire (includes video story)

On Tuesday night, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, Books and Books owner Mitch Kaplan and Florida International University Dean Brian Schriner welcomed author Joshua Greene to the beautiful Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

Greene’s recently-published book, “Unstoppable,” tells the story of Siggi B. Wilzig, a Holocaust survivor who arrived penniless in America in 1947 at age 21 and over the following 50 years became one of the most successful businessmen in postwar America.

Read about the book here.

Wilzig established a business empire in oil and banking with assets worth more than $4 billion. He contributed much of his wealth to stimulate Holocaust remembrance and confront deniers.

Siggi’s son Ivan, who also goes by “Peaceman,” wears a peace sign honoring the 59 family members who died during the Holocaust. He formed the charity “The Peaceman Foundation,” which battles hatred and treats people with Post-traumatic stress disorder. 

He shared his father’s story with the crowd.

“The quote that I live by from my father was, ‘free men who forget their past do not deserve a bright future’,” said Ivan Wilzig.

The book is available online at

Racquel Lewis is a Miami native who enjoys botany, comedy, theatre, and culinary arts. She is currently an assistant editor at Caplin News while also attending Florida International University as a Broadcast Media major. Her goals are to have her own show and to get an Emmy.