Kurt Steiner, 107, of Cranford died Nov. 23, 2019. A Holocaust survivor, his mother, Emma, had died 12 weeks after his birth; he and his half-sister, Geraldine, were raised by his father and stepmother.
After finishing high school, Mr. Steiner worked in a factory and later took over his father’s sales position. He held that job for one year before he was forced to give it up by the Nazis. Steiner, his father, and his wife, Nora, were forced to give up their jobs, home, and bank accounts under Hitler; his father was killed at the end of the war.
The couple took a train from Vienna to Liverpool and boarded a ship to Newark on May 12, 1939, 14 months after the Nazis entered Vienna. Met by Nora’s uncle and cousin at the dock, he began working in a box factory for 25 cents per hour. He had to go into war production and eventually became a full-fledged toolmaker. He was later promoted to supervisor for two production departments, a position he held for more than 15 years.
His first house was in Clifton; in December 1953, the family moved to Cranford.
He was an active member of Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, Cranford, and belonged to two Holocaust survivor groups.
Predeceased by his wife in 1999; his sister, who died at the age of 102 in 2018; and his granddaughter, Karen, in 2018, he is survived by his son, Joseph of Summit.
Services were held Nov. 25 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cafe Europa program of Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, Elizabeth.