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Erwin Landau was born in Vienna on 22 July 1929. His family, the parents with two small children, tried unsuccessfully to cross the border by foot into France. In March 1939, the family traveled from Naples to Shanghai on the “Conte Biancamano”. In Shanghai, Landau attended the Kadoorie School and was a member of Betar. After graduation, he worked on radios as an electrician. On 31 December 1948 the Landau family sailed to Israel. After a stay in a camp, Landau served in the Israeli Army for two years, as the rest of the family returned to Vienna. In 1952 he also returned to Vienna and married in 1953.