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Marcel, 91, of River Vale, died at his home on Saturday, December 8, 2012, after a long illness. He was born on September 17th, 1921, in present day Campulung-Moldovenesc, Romania, to Sigmund Biener and Rosa Yehudit Druckmann. He was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice. He is survived by his brother, Adi Biener, niece Yael, nephews Shai and Ehud, and their families, and his two sons, Alexander and Camillo Biener, and their families. Marcel and his wife survived Nazi deportation in a work camp memorialized in the book Jagendorf's foundry, which features Marcel amongst other deportees on the cover, describing a situation resembling the factory in the movie "Schindler's List". There he learned his trade as a lathe operator and learned several languages, translating for one invading army then another. Despite latent post war anti-Semitism, he secured a research Mechanical Engineering position at the Romanian National institute by excelling in his studies. He became fluent in eight languages and translated engineering textbooks from Russian into Romanian. He moved his family to Israel where he taught at the Ort Technical Schools. Moving again to the US, he became an expert in several mechanical engineering fields and published research articles. Known for his insight and reliability, in his last five-year long project he was the final quality control signatory for the nuclear power plant in Granbury, Texas. Upon retiring he traveled widely, catalogued over 30,000 documents for the National Holocaust Museum, and accomplished his life's ambition to edit and translate an anthology of a thousand personal stories of fellow deportees from his hometown of Dornau. Marcel was a devoted family man who loved a great joke. There will be a graveside service on Monday, December 10th at 12 PM at the Beth El Cemetery, Twp. of Washington, NJ. In lieu of gift or flowers, the family would be grateful for any donations in Marcel's memory made to the Marcel Biener Scholarship, Ramapo College Foundation, 201-684-7611. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Becker Funeral Home, Westwood, NJ. www.becker-funeralhome.com
Published in The Record on Dec. 10, 2012