Theodore Lewkowski, 81, a butcher-shop owner and Holocaust survivor, died June 11 at Nazareth Hospital. He was a resident of Tacony.
Lewkowski was born in Poland in the village of Lubraniec, near Warsaw.
He left school after the fourth grade to serve as a tailor's apprentice. Lewkowski also assisted his father, who made vodka and traded horses, until the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939.
He was taken to Auschwitz and worked in coal mines before being moved to Dachau, where he made shoes for the guards.
Lewkowski walked in a death march in the winter of 1944-45. When he was liberated in April, he weighed 78 pounds, and had the number 141275 on his left forearm.
He lived in Germany for three years after the war.
In 1949, he immigrated to the United States — to Philadelphia — where an uncle helped him get a factory job in Kensington. He married Rosemary Pinsky in 1951, and they raised three children in the Northeast.
Lewkowski worked in a rendering plant, and delivered milk for Sealtest. In 1966, he opened a butcher shop at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street in Kensington.
He and his wife divorced in 1976; in 1980, he married Eleonore Baily and moved to Tacony.
After retiring in 1986, he refurbished and sold used appliances.
In addition to his wife, Lewkowski is survived by daughters Carol Mazor and Paula Lewkowski; son Michael Lewkowski; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.