Senior Killed By Car Was Holocaust Survivor

Leon Goldberg, the 84-year-old man who was killed after being struck by a vehicle outside Niles North High School was also a Holocaust survivor. His friend said he would often speak to students about the atrocities he experienced.

Leon Goldberg, the 84-year-old man who was struck and killed by a vehicle outside Niles North High School on Tuesday, was also a Holocaust survivor, according to close friend Sharon Perlman.

Perlman said Goldberg was placed in a number of concentration camps during WW II. He was also recently honored at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie.

"He would often speak to students and educate them about the atrocities he experienced," Perlman said. "I knew Mr. Goldberg for nearly 40 years."

Perlman added that she was very close with his daughter, Lila.

Goldberg was killed after a traffic crash at Lawler Avenue and Grant Street after a vehicle struck Goldberg as he was walking eastbound across Lawler Avenue, in front of Niles North High School, police said.

He was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to North Shore University Health System in Evanston. Goldberg is not affiliated with the high school.  

jakes sister October 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Dora Atto October 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
My Husband was very close with him for so many years and he just found out but he is trying to get ahold of his family for the barrel ..he would always go with him to Old Orchard mall with him. Please let us know my husband Ronnie is taking it very hard..My deepest prayers for the family.. Thank you
Me October 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Tragic? Yes. However, I fail to see the significance of his being a holocaust survivor.
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