Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
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Herbert Brown, 105, a Holocaust survivor whose longevity was recently recognized by Guinness World Records, died Dec. 28 in Northeast Philadelphia.

In July, Brown and his wife Magda, 101, were named the oldest living couple in the world, as reported in a story in the July 28 Jewish Exponent.

The two celebrated their 75th anniversary in October.

In the 1930s, Brown owned two retail clothing stores in the small town of Hermagor in Corinthia, Austria. His prosperity was cut short when the Nazis began arresting Jews in 1939.

According to Brown's own accounts, he was briefly sent to Dachau, but freed after the family sold most of their belongings and turned their life savings over to the Nazis.

Brown then went to a Jewish refugee camp in England.

Magda and the couple's young daughter, Trudie, followed him to England in August 1939 - days before the Nazis invaded Poland and World War II began.

The family eventually made safe passage to the United States - first to New York, then to Philadelphia, where Brown found employment sewing shoulder seams on tuxedos.

An introvert, according to his daughter, Brown enjoyed newspapers and watching television, though in his later years took a bus each morning to walk the Neshaminy Mall - something he did until he was 98.

At that age, he fell and broke a hip. He refused to use a wheelchair, though did have a walker in the final years of his life.

Brown is survived by his wife of 75 years, the former Magda Fritz; daughter Trudie Solarz; two grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

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