17-11-28

We deeply mourn the loss of Shlomo Lavi

April 24, 1924 – November 8, 2017

At the annual meeting of the survivors of the Flossenbürg concentration camp, 2002.

With dismay and grief we have learned of the death of Shlomo Lavi. Shlomo Lavi was born on April 24, 1924, under the name Frigyes Löwinger. He spent his childhood and youth in Jánosháza, a small town in Western Hungary. The Hungarian government, which sympathised with the National Socialist regime, passed several antisemitic laws. Consequently, many Jewish men had to endure forced labour in Hungary. In 1942, Frigyes Löwinger was taken by the police to the work camp Kőszeg near the Austrian border unexpectedly. In 1944, he was deported to the concentration camp at Flossenbürg and later to Flossenbürg’s subcamp Hersbruck. Frigyes Löwinger survived the harsh conditions at Hersbruck and also the death march to Dachau. He emigrated to Palestine, where he called himself Shlomo Lavi. For 18 years, he was a member of the Israeli army. Later, he opened his own shop. As long as he was healthy enough, he participated in the yearly meeting of the survivors of the Flossenbürg concentration camp, lastly in 2013. On November 8 Shlomo Lavi passed away. We send our most sincere condolences to his family.

Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit and the staff of the Memorial at Flossenbürg