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During the corning week, the students of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah will study in memory of
the following departed friends. In addition, Kaddish will be said during the daily minyan.
Adar I 28 / March 2
1960s. In America, he resumed the bar-
ber business he had started in Lithuania,
Special to the Jewish News
operating out of his home. Daughter -
Hannah Blau said her father taught her
ak Park's basement barber,
the importance of succeeding, not just
who cut his friends' and
surviving, "in a world that is not always
neighbors' hair in his •
so friendly, compassionate or just."
Westhampton Street home
Mr. Silver was totally devoted to his
for 40 years, died Feb. 19 at age 99.
• family, cherishing the
At his funeral, former cus-
tomers of Samuel Silver
he was given to build
recounted how he had given
a new life after the
bers their first
As Rabbi Shapiro
noted: "Sam lived
humbly and frugally,
cut their hair as
denying himself the
usT they grew up.
benefit of his funds,
Mr. Silver con-
so he could concen-
tinued to cut
trate his immense love
hair into his mid-90s.
Mr. Silver's skill as a barber
Ben and Tammy."
was a constant element
"He was always part
throughout his life in the
of our lives," Ben Blau
Old Country and the United
said. "We saw him
States — and also during the Samuel Sil ver
practically every day."
dark days of the Holocaust.
And, of course, Ben said he'd always
Mr. Silver was born "Zelig Zilber" in
remember the numerous haircuts his
Vilna, Lithuania, and at age 20 opened
grandfather gave him.
his own barbershop there. Rabbi Avie
Mr. Silver, who liked the give-and-take
Shapiro of the Jewish Hospice and
of opinionated conversation, had a repu-
Chaplaincy Network, who spoke at the
tation for kindness among his customers.
funeral, said Mr. Silver was held in such
He worked on a sliding scale and some-
high regard in his hometown that Reb
Chaim Lazer, the giant of the communi- one down on his luck could get a free
haircut. He also made house calls. It is
ty, would briefly remove his yarmulke
no wonder that, as granddaughter
only to let this barber. trim his hair.
Tamara Hewiston said, "Everywhere we'd
The young barber had three sons with
go, somebody would say, 'your zaydie cut
his wife, Masha, but with the Holocaust,
my hair 40 years ago.'"
all were tragically lost. Masha and their
Rabbi Shapiro brought back a raft of
youngest son perished in the ghetto; the
condolences when he told the old-timers
two oldest died in a German death camp.
davening at the Kollel Institute in Oak
Mr. Silver was imprisoned in the
Park of Mr. Silver's death.
Dachau and Stuttov concentration
Tamara is saving her grandfather's bar-
camps, and the only reason he was not
ber chair for future generations to enjoy.
slain was that he was needed to cut the
Mr. Silver is survived by his daughter,
hair of the German S.S. officers.
Hannah Blau of West Bloomfield;
After his liberation at the war's end,
grandchildren, Ben and Alison Blau,
Mr. Silver sometimes peddled apples in
Tamara and Nicholas Hewitson and
a displaced persons' camp in Germany.
But he gave his fruit away to one special
Mr. Silver was the beloved husband of
woman who caught his eye.
late Rena Silver and also the late
Mr. Silver and the former Rena
Masha Silver, with whom he had three
Silberfreund, whose husband and chil-
sons who perished in the Holocaust.
dren had also died in the Holocaust,
Interment was at Machpelah
were two people who wanted to start life
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
anew. They quickly decided to marry
and their only child, Hannah, was born a to Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, P.O. Box
2044, Southfield, MI 48037; Holocaust
year later. The marriage lasted over half a
century, until Mrs. Silver's death in 1997. Memorial Center, 6602 W. Maple,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322; or to a
The Silvers lived in the 12th Street
charity of one's choice. Arrangements
and Dexter neighborhoods of Detroit
by Hebrew Memorial Chapel. ❑
and moved to Oak Park in the early
ESTHER ALLWEISS TSCHIRHART
Adar II 1 / March 5
Benjamin R. Berman
Dorothy S. Rosenthal
Albert P. Seigle
Daniel Paul Weinberg
Adar I 29 / March 3
Frida Klein Biegel
Goldie A. Delidow
Adar II 3 / March 7
Adar II 2 / March 6
Arline Goldfarb Schafer
Mary Olstein (Sorkin)
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Alan Bruce Cohen
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