Lou Leviticus passed away on Dec. 12 at age 84. Services were held Dec. 22 at the South Street Temple and will be held Dec. 30 at the Grand Lodge at the Preserve.
He was preceded in death by parents Max Leviticus and Sara Leviticus-ten Bosch, who both perished in Auschwitz.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Gould; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Alan Cohen and daughter, Joanna Brown; grandchildren: Chen, Talia, Lauren, Libby (all living in Israel), Amy of New York; and great-granddaughter Ellia of Israel.
Lou was rescued by Karel Brouwer, a young civil servant and his wife. Risking his life to help many Jews, Brouwer and his wife Rita treated Lou as their own son.
After the war, Lou immigrated to Israel, earned an engineering degree at the Israel Institute of Technology and traveled to the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. at Purdue University. Lou served in the Israeli military during the 1967 and 1973 wars. In 1974, he immigrated to the U.S. A year later, he became professor of Agricultural Engineering at UNL. Until his 1998 retirement, Lou was director of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. Thereafter, he volunteered as a curator at the Larsen Tractor Museum on the UNL campus.
Lou was known far and wide for his ability to speak to people and open their eyes to the events and the meaning of the Holocaust. He translated his feelings and his observations into vibrant images that captured the minds and the hearts of those in the audience. His survival, the years of misery, gave Lou a wisdom that helped many, especially troubled children, see that despite the pain, life is worth living. Lou told people that they have more resources within themselves than they are aware of. Lou said, “There is always a way out.”
Memorials may be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation.