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Flora M. Singer (1930–2009)

Author of Flora: I was but a Child

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Flora M(endelovicz) Singer was born in Berchem, Belgium, to Romanian Jewish parents who had emigrated to Belgium a few years earlier to escape anti-Semitism. Her father owned a furniture workshop in Antwerp, where she grew up. The city had an active Jewish community. She attended secular schools and also went to daily Yiddish school to learn about Jewish culture. In 1937, her father David lost his shop and began work as a ship’s carpenter, traveling around the world. After the Germans invaded Belgium in World War II, the family fled to Brussels. Flora and her two sisters were hidden in convents, orphanages, and Roman Catholic schools in Belgium and survived thanks to of the efforts of the Belgian resistance. She lost grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins to the Nazis. After the war, she and her mother and sisters emigrated to the USA, rejoining her father and settling in New York City. She first worked as a dressmaker, then completed her education and became a teacher. She married Jack Singer and taught French and German for many years in the Montgomery County schools near Washington, D.C. She also taught classes about the Holocaust. Her memoir Flora: I Was but a Child, was published in 2007. After her death in 2009, a public school in Silver Spring was named in her honor. She and her sister Charlotte Gillman were founding members of the Holocaust Memorial.
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