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Selma Sloboder of Swampscott, passed away May 24, 2012, at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late David Sloboder and devoted mother to Lori Sloboder-Rosenberg and her husband Andrew of Quincy, and to Shelley Sloboder of Marblehead. Loving sister of Siegmund of Frankfurt, Germany, and the late Ilse Glattstein of Salem. Cherished aunt of Jona Cohen, and great aunt of Oren Popovsky and Dana Popovsky. Selma Sloboder was born in Remscheid, Germany, a small town near Cologne. She lived during the time of the Holocaust. In 1938, Selma, aged 20, was able to escape direct harm from the Nazis by getting a permit to leave Germany. She went to Ireland and then to England. Other members of her family didnt fare as well. Selma did not learn of their fates, including the murder of her parents, until after the end of World War II. Selma met her husband and love of her life, David, in England after the war. Their first meeting was arranged by Selmas dear friends Ursula and Harry Sanders (late) of Rockville, Maryland. It was a successful fix-up and Selma and David were married. They celebrated their wedding in Ursula and Harrys flat in London. The two couples remained close friends throughout their lives. David Sloboder was the only one in his family, which included five brothers and sisters, to survive the war. While in the Polish army, he was taken prisoner by the Germans. For the rest of his life, David maintained friendships with the men who had shared this experience with him. Despite, or because of their early hardships, Selma and David embraced life. They were together and happy for eighteen years, until David passed away, suddenly, in 1967. He was only fifty-five. David was affable, generous, and kind. His passing was a great loss for the family. Left with two daughters, aged ten and eleven, Selma carried on. Selma spoke several languages fluently including English, German, and Yiddish, with some Hebrew too. She valued reading and education and she loved art, music, and traveling. She studied at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire and worked as a bookkeeper. Her life was a lesson to those of us who were lucky enough to call her mother, sister, aunt, great aunt, and friend. She taught us integrity by living honorably, compassion by considering others needs before her own, and generosity by living her life with an open heart. She quietly showed us resilience and grace. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a sweetness that defined her even through her long illness. Selmas love for her family was unwavering and we are glad she was our mother. Selmas daughters, Shelley and Lori, ask that you visit the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel website at http://www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com and leave your thoughts, anecdotes, and expressions of sympathy. A private graveside service was held at Pride of Lynn Cemetery on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Anti-Defamation League New England Region at ADL, 40 Court Street, Boston, MA, 02108 or by going to their website at: http://www.adl.org/regional/boston/fighting_hate.asp or the , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011, or by going to their website at: www.alz.org .

Published in The Marblehead Reporter from June 16 to June 23, 2012
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