Alexander Bialywlos White, MD Obituary

Alexander Bialywlos White, MD passed away peacefully on July 18, 2022, in his 100th year, at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born on June 4, 1923 in Krosno, Poland. The only member of his family of six to survive the Holocaust, he was, towards the end of the war, included in the famous Schindler’s List (#269). He followed the advice of his father whose last words to him were, before being gassed: “If you survive and I hope you do, be a mensch”, which means a good human being. After being released on the last day of the war in Europe, May 8, 1945, Alex became a refugee in the American Zone near Munich, Germany, where he went to medical school. He emigrated to the United States in 1950, married, joined the military, became a citizen, and practiced medicine, primarily in the Chicago area for nearly 50 years before retiring to Arizona. He also taught at Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin University) and became a Holocaust educator, speaking about his experiences not only in the United States but in Germany and his hometown of Krosno – and during the pandemic, on zoom. He titled his memoir, Be a Mensch. A proud veteran, he was elected to the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. He will be deeply missed, not only for his humanity, integrity and acceptance, but also for his unique sense of humor and fun, and his memory: what a memory! He had a great desire to live. He continued to follow the medical field and even went to the gym until the week before his death. He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Inez, and his children Denise, Les and Julie White-North (Jay), and the thousands who heard him speak. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS), 122 East Culver Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004 or Hospice of the Valley. Videos of his speech can be found on the AZJHS webpage and on YouTube. Photo taken on January 19, 2019 at the International Mensch Foundation by Steven Geiger

Posted July 19, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic