Herman Slomovits died on January 25th, 2006 at age 97. He was born in Középapsa, Hungary, grew up in Balassagyarmat and studied to become a Rabbi and a Cantor. After completing his studies he served in both those roles
for the community of Kunhegyes, near Budapest.

In 1942 he was taken into the munkaszolgálat, the forced labor units attached to the Hungarian Army. When he returned to Kunhegyes in late 1944, a walking skeleton, having lost nearly half his body weight under the brutal conditions, he learned that his wife and three small children, as well as both his parents, his only brother and three of his nine sisters, and numerous other more distant relatives, had been gassed in Auschwitz.

Slomovits moved to Budapest in 1946 and became one of the group of Cantors who served that city’s synagogues, eventually singing in the famed Dohány Utca Templom, the largest synagogue in Europe. He married Gersten, Blanka in 1947 and twin sons, Sandor and Laszlo were born to them in 1949.

Following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the family moved to Israel and then in late 1959 to the United States, where he continued to serve as Cantor and Ritual Director, first in Kingston, New York and later in Hallandale, Florida.

Cantor Slomovits had a powerful and beautiful voice and sang with great devotion. He had a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of Judaism and Yiddishkeit and found great joy in sharing that with his congregations.

Above all, he showed enormous courage and perseverance in starting his life anew after the Holocaust and again after the Hungarian Revolution. He worked tirelessly to provide a more secure and better future for his second family.

May his memory be a blessing.