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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-12-14

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December 14 • 2006

enry Miller, 86, a long-
time Detroit industrial-
ist and philanthropist,
died Sept.13, 2006, in Oxford,
Ohio, of congestive heart failure.
In the 1950s, Mr. Miller teamed
up with fellow Holocaust survivor
Gustav Berenholz to found B&M
Industries, a major
supplier of parts to the
Big Three automak-
ers for more than four
decades. By the 1980s,
B&M employed more
than 300 people in
Detroit and downriver Ho
Newport.
Su- \
Mr. Miller was also
known for his philan-
thropy and contributed to numer-
ous humanitarian causes inside
and outside the Jewish commu-
nit y.
Mr. Miller was born in 1920 in
Lublin, Poland, where, through his
father's work as an impresario in
the Yiddish theater, he gained a
deep exposure to the culture and
arts of the Jewish community.
"My father carried with him
a memory and deep love and
understanding of the Yiddish cul-
ture from which he sprang," said
son Zevi Miller of Oxford. "He
described to me and his grand-

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children this culture — the lit-
erature, theater and religious,
cultural and political institu-
tions. The grief he felt over its
destruction and the loss of his
immediate and extended fam-
ily in Poland was a constant
theme in his life.
"But despite this tragedy,
my father was a forward look-
ing, optimistic man for whom
America was truly the land of
opportunity."
Mr. Miller studied law at the
University of Warsaw from
1937 to 1939. At the outbreak
of the war, he fled to Russia.
Migrating east, he met his future
wife, Antonina "Toni" Milinski,
also a refugee from Poland, in
Alma Ata, a city near the Chinese
border.
Following the war, the couple
returned to Poland to find that
their families had perished. They
moved to Munich, West
Germany, to continue their
university studies. In 1948,
Toni graduated with a med-
ical degree and Henry with
a bachelor's in electrical
engineering.
tysT In 1948, they moved to
AroR Tel Aviv where Mr. Miller
established a drill press
manufacturing shop, one
of the first industrial concerns
started after the founding of
Israel. He remained as its co-
owner until he and Toni moved to
Detroit in 1957, where he worked
several years as engineering
research at Udylite Corporation.
"My father was a man of enor-
mous intelligence, knowledge,
practical wisdom, courage and
personal integrity; truly a great
man," said his son.
Survivors include his wife, Toni;
son, Zevi; daughter-in-law, Ruth
Engel; grandchildren, Judy Miller
and David Miller.

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