Alexander Kimel died Jan. 24 of complications from pneumonia. He was 91.
Mr. Kimel was born in Podhajce, Poland. As a boy, Mr. Kimel survived the Holocaust, mostly in the Rohatyn Ghetto, where his mother perished. After the war, he moved with his father and sister to Denmark briefly. He returned to Poland alone to study in Wroclaw's Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a bachelor's and masters degree in electrical engineering. While studying in Wroclaw, he met his future wife, Ewa (Eva) Najnudel.
After marrying in 1956, he and Mrs. Kimel emigrated from Poland to Israel. After two years in Israel, Mr. and Mrs. Kimel emigrated to the U.S. in 1959, where they lived in the Bronx. In 1960, their son Martin was born, followed in 1963 by their daughter Pamela. In 1965, the family moved to Teaneck, N.J. Mr. Kimel founded his own successful, consulting-engineering firm, Kimel Associates, which he ran until his retirement.
Mr. Kimel was known for his vitality, energy and intellect. Speaking eight languages, he read widely, and frequently surprised people with his breadth of knowledge. He wrote about his wartime experiences on his award-winning website, sharing his insights about genocide and anti-Semitism. His poems about the Holocaust have been widely reprinted and cited, and even read aloud by strangers in Youtube postings.
Mr. Kimel also loved socializing with his wife and their many friends, dancing, playing bridge, attending the theater and, through his middle-age years, skiing with his family. He kept in close touch with relatives and friends in Poland, France, Israel, Canada and elsewhere. He loved to travel, and he and his wife traveled extensively through western and eastern Europe, Canada, Israel and the Middle East. They also visited Australia, China, Russia and Latin America.
Mr. Kimel was a devoted husband, brother, son, father, and grandfather. He was very close with his five grandchildren, Jonathan, Robbie, David, Matthew and Sarah. He is survived by his children, their spouses, Neal and Miriam, and his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Gutterman & Musicant Funeral Chapel on 402 Park Street in Hackensack, NJ at 1 p.m. Jan. 26.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Jan. 26, 2018.