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Henry​ Skorr, 88, Restaurateur and Author of Book on Shoah

August 12, 2010
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Henry Skorr (Skorupa), 88, a retired store manager and Holocaust survivor, died July 13.

Skorr was born in Kalicz, Poland. At the advent of the German invasion, his father and older brother joined the Russian army and were killed on the front. He escaped to the forests of Russia, and helped evacuate the remainder of his family.

During the war, he met and married Shelly (Sheva) Welczer.

Skorr and his wife emigrated to Israel in 1950 following the birth of their daughter, Esther, where Skorr served as a firefighter.

In 1958, the family moved to Bronx, N.Y., where he opened a kosher dairy restaurant, the Palm Tree, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The two moved to Philadelphia, and Skorr took over management of Kennedy Market, where he served deli and Jewish-style food. He was known for his benevolence and charity, never turning away anyone hungry.

He retired from Kennedy Market in the early 1990s, but continued to feed the needy, shuttling donated food from local Main Line stores to area day-care centers. He became fondly known as "the cookie man."

In 1996, his wife suffered a stroke, and Skorr devoted himself to her care. He also spent this time writing a book chronicling his experience surviving the Holocaust, which was published in 2006 entitled Through Blood and Tears. His wife died on Nov. 17, 2009.

In addition to his daughter, Skorr is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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