The legendary founder of San Francisco's David's Deli passed away peacefully on Sunday May 4, 2014 at the age of 86. Opened in 1952, David's became an instant hit in the theater district of his adopted City. Known as "celebrated, yet neighborly," David's Deli was a constant topic in Herb Caen's column. Show business personalities, political figures, tourists and San Franciscans mingled and enjoyed superb deli food and magnificent desserts. David spoke nine languages and made everyone feel at home in what was his home for more than six decades. Born in Poland in 1929, David spent the early years of World War II in the Lodz Ghetto. At the age of 12, David was deported to Auschwitz. The number tattooed on his arm was B1179, The numbers added together totaled 18, which in Hebrew means life. Live he did, despite being hung, bayoneted eighteen times, beatings, solitary confinement, near drowning and typhus. David believed "that after the darkness of the Holocaust there is a burning need to bring to light and to preserve for posterity the verbal testimony of all who survived and still survive. The testimony is the shadow of death brought to light. Eternity is on our side. Time is not." David founded one of the first oral history projects to record the testimony of survivors. After locating his mother, two brothers and two sisters and reuniting his family, David worked for the Bricha, saving the surviving remnant of Jewish children, teaching modern Hebrew and leading "his" children to Palestine. It was then that he met his wife Nusia. David was a life- long Zionist who was devoted to Israel and the Jewish people. The leadership of Israel including David Ben Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Ytzhak Rabin, David Elezar, Ezer Weizman, Ehud Barak and countless others, were numbered among his friends. David believed that "we do owe thanks to the Almighty for Israel. Had Israel existed then, our history would read differently. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be." David died on Israel's memorial day and was buried on Israeli Independence Day. He is survived by his second wife, Cass, his son Efraim, his brother Harold Apfelbaum and countless others who count his life as a blessing. We will all be comforted by many wonderful memories of a dear friend and wonderful human being. May he be blessed with eternal peace.