Leo Laufer, 85, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died in Dallas, on July 21, 2007 and was buried, as was his wish, in Jerusalem. Leo was born in Lodz, Poland on March 15, 1922, into a large, fervently Orthodox family. Soon after the start of the Second World War, the Nazis sent him out of the Lodz ghetto to a series of work camps and concentration camps throughout Poland and Germany. An older brother had died of illness before the war. Under the Nazis, every remaining member of his direct family perished — his parents and his six other siblings. Only through a combination of his relentless will and several incidents of blessed fortune did Leo survive. He was liberated by the American army from Ohrdruf in April 1945 and worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the immediate post-war years. He immigrated to the United States in 1948 and moved to Dallas soon afterwards. In 1949 he began his career at K. Wolens, where he remained for 31 years. He later opened two clothing stores of his own. Leo married Shirley Somer, Dallas-born daughter of Katie and Marcus Somer, in 1950. They had four daughters — Sharon, Susan, Rita and Lisa. Leo was deeply involved in the campaign for the release of Soviet Jews and, when the Iron Curtain was finally raised, with the resettlement of Soviet Jews who came to make their lives in Dallas. Leo also lectured widely on the Holocaust. In recent years, Leo and Shirley spent much of their time with their children and grandchildren in New York and Jerusalem. Leo is survived by his wife, Shirley, and their children, Sharon and Derek Shulman, Susan Glass, Rita and Zion Evrony, and Lisa and David Horovitz. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Yael Shulman, Noah Shulman, Oren Glass, Adina Glass,Gilad Evrony, Hilah Evrony, Ayelet Evrony, Josh Horovitz, Adam Horovitz and Kayla Horovitz.