Lilienheim, Henry 1908-2002

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LILIENHEIM, Henry 1908-2002

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born March 8, 1908, in Warsaw, Poland; died of respiratory arrest December 12, 2002, in Glencoe, IL. Attorney and author. Lilienheim was a survivor of the Holocaust who later wrote about his experiences in his autobiography. After receiving a master's degree in engineering from the École Superieure in France in 1939, he returned to his native Warsaw and was captured by the Germans after the Nazis invaded Poland. Although he and his wife were released when she faked a pregnancy, they were later imprisoned again and sent to separate concentration camps. After Lilienheim was liberated from Dachau in 1945 and his wife escaped from Magdeburg, they spent several months searching for each other. They found each other later that year and after the war spent four years living in Munich. In 1949 the Lilienheims moved to New York City, where he got a job as a translator for the law firm Langner, Parry, Card & Langner (now Landas & Parry). He was transferred to Chicago in 1956, where he earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1960; he then worked as a patent attorney and translator in Chicago. After his daughter, Irene, was born, Lilienheim had a desire to share his story about the war with his child. He wrote his tale down, but did not publish The Aftermath: A Survivor's Odyssey through War-torn Europe until 1994. His daughter, the filmmaker Irene Angelico, made a documentary about her parents titled Dark Lullabies (1985). Lilienheim was also the author of two self-published books: Friends and The Most Interesting Women of All Times, and was working on two more manuscripts when he passed away.



Chicago Tribune, December 18, 2002, section 1, p. 13.