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Peter Munk (Budapest, 1927 - Toronto, 2018) was an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. In June 1944, he was one of fifteen members of the Munk family to escape from Budapest to Switzerland on the Kasztner Train. In 1948, he immigrated to Canada, where he started his first company, Clairtone Sound Corp., a celebrated manufacturer of high-fidelity stereos, as documented by his daughter Nina Munk in The Art of Clairtone (2008). A founder of many companies, he is best known for Barrick, the world’s largest gold mining company, and for his philanthropy. Late in his life, as the Munk paterfamilias, he donated to the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives a trove of documents and photographs passed down from his forefathers.