10/15/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Samuel Althaus

Samuel Althaus
(d. 13 Oct 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
    We have still another sad Memorial Edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.    Samuel Althaus, father of   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD,   Sheryl Althaus Luebke ('67) of VA, and Harry Althaus of NY, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, October 15, 2009 at the age of 84.  A familiar figure to most of our readers, he was the owner- proprietor of Althaus Delicatessen & Caterers.

   May his memory be for a blessing always.

From the Daily Press - 10/15/09:

     Samuel Althaus  
    NEWPORT NEWS - Samuel Althaus, longtime Newport News businessman and resident, died Tuesday at the age of 84, after a brief illness.

Althaus was born in Ciechanow, Poland, and emigrated to the United States in 1949. He became an American citizen in 1954, and was the owner-proprietor of Althaus Delicatessen & Caterers for 46 years until his retirement in 1997.

Althaus was a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau concentration camps, and, in recent years, he focused much of his time and energy on Holocaust education. He felt a strong obligation to preserve the memory of the millions of victims of Nazi persecution. In 2000, he published a memoir, Where Is God? Auschwitz-Birkenau to Dachau 1942-1945, and he spoke of his experiences with dozens of schools and organizations. Althaus was presented with the Humanitarian Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2001, and received a Resolution of Recognition from the City of Newport News. He was a fan of football, Louis Armstrong, the NYSE, good food, and good wine; a fiercely competitive poker player; and a staunchly proud and opinionated American.

Samuel Althaus




Althaus is survived by his wife, Marian Astor Althaus; children, Carole and Martin Tanenhaus of Annapolis, Md.; Sheryl and David Luebke of Richmond; and Harry Althaus of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren, Debora and David Schwartz of Baltimore, Md., and Michael and Jessica Tanenhaus of Annapolis, Md.; and great-grandchildren, Miriam Sara Schwartz, Ita Rachel Schwartz, and Miles Robert Tanenhaus.

There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct, 15, at The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula in the 1800 block of Kecoughtan Road in Hampton.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Samuel Althaus Endowed Merit Scholarship in Leadership at Christopher Newport University, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA 23606.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press from October 15 to October 16, 2009.
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October 15, 2009

Williamsburg Christian Academy will always appreciate the times Samuel came to share his story with our students. We will miss a great man very very much!
~ Gwen Martin, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Dear Althaus family,
Mr. Althaus' friends at the N.N. Costco shall miss him very much. He was always very kind to Dennis, Allen and me. He shall never be forgotten by those whos lives he touched.
*takes 3 small stones and places them on his memorial marker*
~ Jan Gundry

October 15, 2009

To All the Althaus family,

Sam Althaus, a true gentleman and American Patriot, embodied the spirit of the Phoenix. Reborn in the USA, Sam turned a love for life into a life of love. Every time I visited Althaus Deli, I felt like part of the family and sensed the genuine love Sam had for his customers, friends and employees. His smile will be missed. So Where is God? It may just be that God is at this moment sharing a Reuben with chips, crunchy kosher pickle and a Dr. Brown's Creme Soda with one of his finest creations, Sam Althaus.

May God continue to bless all who knew him. With deepest sympathies,
~ Mark Rinaldi, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 15, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

~ Unsigned


October 15, 2009

May G=d hold you in the Palm of his hand and his angels watch over you for an eternity.
~ Stan Greenbaum, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 15, 2009

We will never forget the wonderful meals and lively conversations with Sam at the deli. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jim and Angela Wilson


October 15, 2009

Dear Marian and Family, Sam was a Virginia Icon of wisdom, culinary talent, and support to all he embraced. He fed many tables on occasions like this, and for happy times like Weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, Anniversaries, Business Holiday Parties and you name it, he and Irvin were there with delicious deli platters. and much, much more. I would call and say, "I need something for my Mom, my Aunt " and he would have it ready for me to pick up whenever I got there. And it was always quality. This community has lost a great soul whose story is for future generations to respect and preserve. I love you, Sam,

~ Joanne Kates Roos, Yorktown, Virginia


October 15, 2009

I am so sad to hear of Sam's passing! When I feel life is hard or unfair, I pull out his book "Where is God?" and try, for a moment, to carry his burden and feel his strength. I am thankful to have met him, and even more thankful that my son got to meet him and was honored to call him friend. To his family, I say, how lucky you are to have had him in your lives! May your memories of him bring you joy and light, even during this difficult time.
Mary Urrutia, Hayes, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Marian & Harry,
Our condolences to you all this day. We will miss "Big Guy" very much.
We are traveling back to Newport News today from South Carolina.
Will stop by this weekend.
Our love to you,

~ "Little Guy" and Nancy


October 15, 2009

Sam's wisdom and enthusiasm will sorely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Marian, Harry and his entire family.
~ Greg Edwards, Newport News, Virginia  

October 15, 2009

Sam was a wonderful man - caring and giving; a true inspiration.

My deepest condolences.
~ April Dunn, Newport News, Virginia

October 15, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with the Althaus family at this time. When I was in high school, Mr. Althaus invited me into his home and allowed me to interview him for an assignment for my school paper about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. I will never forget his generosity, patience and kindness. May you find comfort in your memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Valarie Adelman Blaes, Richmond, Virginia
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October 15, 2009

Sam was a man of great wit, knowledge and grace. I remember as a boy going to Althaus Deli [near the Newmarket Bowl] whenever my family and I would vacation from West Virginia.
His deli had the best stuff. He and his family were the best hosts of any eatery in Newport News. When the deli shutdown, we mourned its closure. Now that Sam has gone to our Lord, I mourn and pray that his family be comforted- that his legacy live on well beyond our time in this world. He saw the worst side of mankind; he experienced the best of humanity, for he contributed so much to everyone around him. Shalom, Sam; shalom.
~ Jeff Stern, Selma, North Carolina

October 15, 2009

The Althaus family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time. When I was in high school, Mr. Althaus invited me into his home and allowed me to interview him about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor for the school newspaper. I will never forget his generosity of spirit, patience and kindness. May Hashem comfort you in this time of loss.
Valarie Adelman Blaes, Richmond, Virginia
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October 15, 2009

Sam will be truly missed by those he came in contact with. Will miss his many dinners he cooked when I came home to visit.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Thelma Baker, El Centro, California

October 15, 2009

About 10 years ago Mr. Althaus spoke to my Rotary Club about his experiences in the concentration camps. I will never forget him. His talk had the most profound effect on me of any speech I ever heard. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of this remarkable and brave man. The world needs more people like him.
~ Betsy Foard, Raleigh, North Carolina

October 15, 2009

I will always remember Sam as the OSC salad man. From the very first day I started working at the office in 2002, he was so very friendly. He always kissed me on both cheeks and talked with me every day when I saw him. He is wonderful! I am thankful to have known him. One of the quotes I will never forget is when he would say to Ruth and me all the time, "I don't cheat, I don't lie, and I don't play games". That's our Sam. My condolences go out to Sam's family and my prayers are with you all. He will be greatly missed.
~ Amy Davis, Hampton, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Marian, Harry and family, It was an honor to have Sam as a friend and I will miss him. Please let me know if I can do anything for you all.
~ Jenny Littlefield, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Sam and my dad were good friends and whenever I would see Sam, he treated me like I was his own daughter. I am sad but so very grateful to have received his love. My prayers are with his family and all who loved him.
~ Barbara Schertle Churray, Mathews, Virginia

October 15, 2009

My deepest sympathy to the Althaus family. Sam was a very special person in my life, a friend, brother, father, my right hand. He was one of a kind, and I thank God for making him part of my life. I will always love you, Sam, and may you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart. Toni
~ Toni Lolos, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Bucky and I wish to convey our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Sam was truly an inspiration to us all. He was a shining example of kindness, humility, and most of all love of country and freedom. May God bless you all.

~ Judge and Mrs. Robert Yacobi


October 15, 2009

Marian and Family,
We are so shocked and saddened at learning of the loss of Sam. He was such a good friend, mentor and person. He was truthful and forthcoming in his advice.
We appreciate the relationship we had with Sam throughout the years. He truly was a mentor and inspiration to Wallace for over 30+ years. We remember you and Irving as his right and left hands.
We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. We will be in touch with you very soon.
Be encouraged and blessed.
~ Wallace & Beulah Davis, Williamsburg, Virginia
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October 15, 2009

The late, great Julie Conn introduced me to Mr. Althaus many years ago while we shared a meal at the deli, which might have been Coach Conn's favorite place to eat. Even then I could tell that Sam was a man of substance. My sympathy goes out to the Althaus family. May God bless you.
~ Bill Turner, Ovilla, Texas
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October 15, 2009

My son participated in the essay contest of "Where is God" and learned a lot doing so. We had the pleasure to meet Mr. Althaus at the Jewish Community Center after one of his speeches and for the nomination of the winner for the essay. After listening to him in person, my children wanted to have something else from Mr. Althaus and they wanted to get the book. My son (12) slept with that book next to him for weeks. I am sure Mr. Althaus made a positive impact on so many people, and we appreciated him in so many ways. He was a man of courage and a man of truth. We will miss you! The Rodriguez family and The Ruckman's boys. My sympathy to the family.
~ Aurora Rodriguez, Newport News, Virginia

October 15, 2009

He was an honest man. He was pleasant company. I'd eat anything he prepared.
~ George Ackerman, Newport News, Virginia 

October 15, 2009

To the Althaus family, Sam will be sorely missed. We always enjoyed talking about the lox at the deli where we would go when the children were little. His smile and kind words were always there and we will miss seeing him in Shul. May the almighty comfort all who mourn. Sincerely, Howard & Ernestine Adelman
~ Ernestine Adelman, Newport News, Virginia

October 15, 2009

I shall never forget the time spent with Sam and Marian both in the delicatessen and in their home. Sam was a dear friend and will be missed greatly. I will also remember his gratitude to me and my family during my children's growing up. He always remembered their birthdays and always had a gingerbread house for them at Christmas time. I also remember being invited by Sam to my first Bar Mitzvah. (Harry's) Words cannot explain the loss I feel with his passing. Marian, may God give you and the family strength during these trying times.
~ Al Owens, Willard, North Carolina
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October 15, 2009

Dear Aunt Marion & Harry & Family,

As a young child, I will always remember Uncle Sam conducting the beautiful sedar at Grandmother's house. What fun it was to be with Family! As I grew into adult hood, I realized what a magnificent man Uncle Sam was. Through my son, Martin, I even got closer to Uncle Sam. Martin and I will miss you "greatly", but will always REMEMBER your love and kindness and your MAGNIFICENT CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY!! Your strength and courage to share your Holocaust Story will live on FOREVER!! May Aunt Marion, Harry & Family find much comfort through Family & Friends.


~ Marleen & Martin


October 15, 2009

He was a GOOD man. I never heard a bad word about him. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
~ Stanley Binder, Newport News, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Marian, You and Sam have touched many lives. Ours included. We would like to
convey our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Hold tight to wonderful memories and be comforted by all the love and prayers sent your way.

~ Ann and Sam Trapani


October 15, 2009

~ MARSHALL CLARKE, Carrollton, Virginia

October 15, 2009

Few events more deeply impacted my life as a child than meeting Mr. Althaus in his delicatessen with his warm and smiling face, and seeing those five numbers tattooed on his arm, and knowing what they meant, and understanding a small fraction of the unspeakable horrors he had endured not that many years before that moment. My deepest condolences are extended to his family. May his memory be a blessing.
Carol Buckley Harty, NNHS Class of 1965
~ Carol Buckley Harty, Edwardsville, Illinois
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October 15, 2009

Dear Marian, Today we were saddened and shocked to learn of Sam's death. What can we say about him. He was truly a great friend and interesting person. We remember with great fondness all the good times we had through the years! Plus, of course, the special foods he would prepare. He taught us some good ideas in that category!
Our thoughts and prayers are with and may God bless and keep you safe.
Edna & Gary Berland Smithfield
~ Gary Berland, Smithfield, Virginia

October 15, 2009

So many memories of Mr. Althaus are shared by my family. He was a large part of the fabric of our years and our parents' years in NN. Buying halavah in the deli before Hebrew School, munching dill pickles with my dad in the Newmarket deli, bringing in our young daughter for a candy bar...May all of you, his family, be comforted by your shared memories. Regards to all of you from all of us.
~ Sandye (Fink) Glazer, Marietta, Georgia

October 15, 2009

Sam made my dreams come true when he kept his promise and on Jan.3rd 1981 he made a cheese cake wedding cake for my wedding; it was beautiful. He was a kind man.
Valerie Clarke Peoples
~ Valerie Peoples, Virginia Beach, Virginia

October 16, 2009

Mr. Althaus was an icon in this community. His life is a testament to courage, humility, and wisdom. I consider him a real hero of our times. He defeated the greatest enemy of the 20th century. And of course I always enjoyed eating at the DELI!
~ Michael D. Feldman, Montclair, Virginia

October 16, 2009

Sam was my friend for 43 years. He was a great influence on a young Lawyer who, at the age of 23, thought he knew everything. My first office was on 28th Street, across from the Deli. He taught me many things, not about Law, but about people. Thank you Sam.
~ Curtis Overman, Poquoson, Virginia
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October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

Dear Marian and family--Sorry that I didn't get to know Sam better. better man than I 'Gunga Din'. Wishing you well at this change in the road. Love, Cousin Selma
~ Selma Stern, Virginia

October 16, 2009

Growing up in Newport News, Saturday was my favorite day. My father would say, "Let's get in the car and pick up some deli." As a child of seven years, I would walk into Althaus' in New Market and see all the smiling faces, content faces, and catch a master at work behind the counter (Irving cutting corned beef). He took so much pride in his work, and always had a smile on his face. He would glance up momentarily and say hello and go right back to work. In the distance I would see Mr. Althaus greeting my father, trading small talk, as he kept one eye on everything and everybody, always ready to say hello or thank you for coming and a warm goodbye.

Sam wasn't a relative, but I feel as though I've lost an uncle. His hard work, love of life, and dedication to community are the lessons that I take from such a wonderful kind and lovable man.

Lewis "Bucky" Mirmelstein
~ Lewis Mirmelstein, Williamsburg, Virginia
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October 16, 2009

Dear Carole and family,
Your Dad was one of a kind and a true gentleman. He was so generous and caring. He will be remembered as a rare individual that makes your life better just for having known him.
My sincere deepest sympathy in your loss.
May the grace of God comfort you now and forever.

Joe Wingo
~ Joe Wingo, Charlotte, North Carolina

October 16, 2009

My sincere sympathy to you, Carole, and your family.

Reading about your father has been an honor. Although I never knew him, I mourn the passing of a brave and caring man. He is with you always.
~ Frances Wang, Ellicott City, Maryland
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October 16, 2009

Sam Althaus was a unique human being, one of a kind! He was a friend to everyone who knew him. He will be missed by all of us and, never forgotten. I remember a time when Harry was working in the deli - as soon as I walked in, Sam exclaimed "Harry made his first cheesecake" - he was so proud of his son. To Marian, Harry & Family - you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Evelyn Vretos
Evelyn Vretos, Newport News, Virginia

October 16, 2009

Mrs. Althaus and family,
Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling about losing my long time friend and mentor Sam Althaus.
He was a true American patriot and man of God.
It was always an honor to be in his presence. I will never forget his kindness and the wisdom he shared so readily.
~ Harold Smith, Yorktown, Virginia
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October 17, 2009

Sam was a true American, he achieved the American dream while helping others, a true friend to all. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
~ Jim & Ann Krikales, Yorktown, Virginia

October 17, 2009

To the Althaus Family:
Sam was apart of my life when I was young, as he was a very good friend of my dad, Les Sweeney. As an adult, I visited Dachau because of Sam's connection with it. My deepest sympathies to all of his family. Phyllis Sweeney Snyder
~ Phyllis Snyder, Loudon, Tennessee

October 17, 2009


We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of Sam. Few people have achieved the position of respect and high esteem which he enjoyed for so many years in this community. His absence will be felt by many for many years to come.

With deepest sympathy,
~ Sandy & George Owen, Hampton, Virginia

October 18, 2009

Dear Marian and family,

I was saddened to learn of your loss of your beloved husband, father and friend. Sam was a blessing to all of those who knew him. His great contributions to the children of Hampton Roads will long be remembered.
May you find peace in knowing he was a gracious and grateful messenger of God.

Barbara Bailey Wright
~ Barbara Bailey-Wright, Yorktown, Virginia

October 18, 2009

Dear Family,
I heard with great sadness the loss of Sam. I never met him, but wish I had. After my mom received his book from his family, I read it and was shocked to hear what he went through. His patriotism is truly inspiring. May he finally rest in peace, and God bless his family.
~  Kathryn, Yorktown, Virginia
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October 19, 2009

I have had a photograph of Mr. Althaus on my office wall for at least fifteen years. I met Mr. Althaus when he was catering events for Newport News Shipbuilding. My co-workers and I supplied the audio for some of the events. One day Mr. Althaus asked if I could come by and fix his sound system at his place of business. I did and he insisted on paying me. I did not want payment, so he insisted on giving me a huge chunk of cheese. He was a great friend to Newport News Shipbuilding and to America! We will miss him.

~ Robert Seaford, Gloucester, Virginia

October 19, 2009

Mr. Althaus was a wonderful man! When I was expecting my first (and only) child and we lived near his deli in the Newmarket Area in the early 70's, my husband and I went there very often, as I didn't like to cook break-fast. One morning when I came in and had my newborn son in my arms, he said, "The breakfast is on me!" That was his way of congratulating us on our new baby; we never forgot that act of kindness.
P.S. We've also bought and read his book; our son, now living in New York also has a copy.

~ Delores and John Wilson


October 19, 2009

My sympathy to Sam's family. I was pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church from 1971-1980. Sam catered our Sweetheart Banquets through most of those years. I had the privilege of knowing him as a special friend. He indeed was an asset to the community and a special man. I will always remember our times together at the New Market North Deli.
May God's richest blessing be with you, Marian and the family.
~ Thomas Coffman, Richmond, Virginia

October 19, 2009

My deepest sympathy to Mr. Althaus' family.
He came to speak to my students at Saint Leo University at Fort Eustis and touched many lives.
He was a dear person who will be remembered always.

~ Tanya Higgins Williamsburg, VA


October 21, 2009

Marion and Harry,
I am so sorry to hear about Sam. I didn't know he had passed until it was too late to attend the services. You know that he held a special place in my family's heart. He will always be remembered as a family member to us. Please know that we share your grief and pray for you and the family.
Love you,
Joyce Solomon Dillard
~ Joyce Solomon Dillard, Hampton, Virginia

October 21, 2009

Dear Marion and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences of your loss....I hope the happy memories that you have will help you through this time of grief.
Jaci Segaloff Silverberg, London England
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October 22, 2009

Althaus Family: I met Sam and his cousin, Irving, back in Spring of 1964 when I started to work for Retail Merchants which was above the Delicatessen on 28th Street. When they moved the deli to New Market, I continued to eat there, as well when they moved to their final place in Mid-Town Newport News. On 13 Jan 98 I went to have my "birthday lunch" there only to find Mr. Althaus had retired and closed the business so we had to go over to "Sammy's"! About three ago I was in Artie & Toni's and saw his book in the showcase and bought it so I could learn of his experiences since I had visited Dachau in 1977, and what an impression his story had on me. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. He will be missed.
~ Karrin Frankie, Newport News, Virginia

October 22, 2009

Dear Marion and Family,
I met Sam many years ago, when my husband, Vince, and I ate at Althaus Deli. My daughter, Trevina, teethed on the huge pickles! Sam and Vince loved to talk politics. It seemed like everyone in the city ate there.
Sam spoke at my Rotary club (Rotary Club of Newport News) many years ago, and he did a great job. He was a powerful speaker with a powerful message.
I am sorry that I was out of town when Sam passed, and that I missed his funeral, but Vince attended the wake.
Sincerely, and in sorrow,

Terry and Vince Joseph


October 22, 2009

To Marian and Harry, I am so sorry I missed the service for Mr. Sam. You and he always were there for my family, so thank you very much. I would love to see Harry. My mom, Harriet Solomon, worked for him. You will be kept in my prayers. I will be calling you soon, so take care of yourself . Love you Jean Solomon Lyons
(Preacher Girl) Sam gave me a Jewish Bible.

Jean Solomon Lyons


October 24, 2009

I met Sam just in the past 9 months while working at OSC. He came in each day and made us a wonderful chef salad with his special salad dressing. What a wonderful man! He will be so missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. What an honor to have met such an inspiring individual.
~ Rhea Hernandez, Yorktown, Virginia

November 01, 2009

Sam was a major part of my life. He helped teach me how to play baseball, how to cook, and so many other things. I am eternally grateful for everything he did in my life. The story of his experiences in the Holocaust amazed me, even when I was too young to fully understand what the Holocaust was. Last year, he allowed me to write about him for an English paper. In writing that paper, I was able to explore what he went through and it made me appreciate and look up to him even more than I already did. I had been meaning to give Sam a copy of that paper, but never had the chance. I know he would have loved to have it. Sam was pretty much the grandfather I never had. Both of my grandfathers died before I was born or when I was very young, and Sam took their places. I am very grateful to have had such a wonderful man love me like he did. He was amazing, and I hope he knew how special he was to me.
~ Lucy Trieshmann
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November 04, 2009

I met Sam last year. I am a teacher at Toano Middle School for WJCC. He came to our school to talk to the 7th grade class. His story was amazing and the kids said they had learned an invaluable lesson from him. My thoughts go out to the Althaus family. He will be missed but he and his story will not be forgotten.
~ Victoria Tartavoulle, Newport News, Virginia



   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the entire Althaus family and their many friends at this time.

From the Daily Press - 10/14/09:

Holocaust survivor, longtime NN business owner Samuel Althaus dies

8:53 p.m. EDT,
October 14, 2009
  NEWPORT NEWS — After three horrific years in Nazi German concentration camps during World War II, Samuel Althaus dedicated the rest of his life to serve his fellow man and to educate people on the atrocities of the Holocaust.

The longtime Newport News businessman and Holocaust survivor died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 84.

"Anyone he liked, he really loved," said his son, Harry Althaus.

Mr. Althaus was born in Ciechanow, Poland, in 1924. He and his family were sent to Auschwitz in 1942 after the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Mr. Althaus and his cousin, Irving, emigrated to the United States in 1949, four years after being freed by U.S. soldiers. In 1951, he started the popular Althaus Delicatessen and Caterers in Newport News and was the owner-proprietor for 46 years until his retirement in 1997.

"My father had come here," Harry said, "and built a successful business starting from scratch."

In 2000, he published his memoir "Where is God: Auschwitz-Birkenau to Dachau 1942-1945" about his life-changing experiences during the Nazi occupation of Poland and while in two concentration camps.

Mr. Althaus never really talked about his experiences at the camps until after the book was published, his son said.

"But it was always there," Harry said.

The experiences at the concentration camps made Mr. Althaus a different man.

"He never really stopped working," his son said. "He had great compassion."

The hard work Mr. Althaus passed on to his children was payment for the new life he received in the U.S., his son said.

"This country is a miracle," Mr. Althaus said in a 2001 Daily Press story. "Life is a miracle. It is a gift."

There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. today at The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula on Kecoughtan Road in Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Samuel Althaus Endowed Merit Scholarship in Leadership at Christopher Newport University.



“One night, I remember being so hungry, I wished I could get just one loaf of bread, eat it, fall asleep and never wake up. I want everyone to remember the Holocaust. I don’t want them to forget. It’s a part of history that must be told — Yom Hashoah is an important way to help ensure that it never happens again.”

— Sam Althaus, Holocaust survivor

       From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 10/16/09, 6:12 AM - "You said it better":

...and quicker than I could...because we were on the road at the time of Sam Althaus' passing.

In my youth, my father explained to me the significance of Sam's tattoo and why he always had a newspaper front page proclaiming the end of the war in Europe framed and positioned in a prominent place in his deli.

A lesser man might have tried to hide that symbol of terrible times, or had it removed. Sam - as I recall - always wore short-sleeved shirts and willingly shared his experiences to teach us, to warn us, and - perhaps inadvertently - to inspire us.

Which, as repeatedly already mentioned in his DP Guest Book, he surely did. 

   Thank you so much, Bill.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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