Oscar Mann was born in Paris, France, on Oct. 13, 1934. His parents, Aaron and Hinda Mankowski, were Jewish refugees from Poland in search of a better life. Oscar and his younger brother, John, spent their early years in Paris, where their father successfully established open-air clothing markets.
The Nazi takeover of France in 1940 upended their comfortable life. In 1941, Aaron was arrested by the French police in a roundup of Jews. He was soon deported to Auschwitz and murdered. Oscar, his mother and brother fled to a small town in the South of France where they were sheltered by the righteous citizens until the end of the war. Returning to Paris, the family continued the market that their father had started, but nothing was the same as before. One family trip to Washington convinced Oscar that he had to emigrate to America.
In 1953, Oscar came to the United States. Oscar spent two happy years in the Army, during which time he was promoted from private to staff sergeant. His cherished citizenship allowed him to sponsor his brother, then his mother. Oscar began his pre-med courses at George Washington University, where he earned an associate of arts degree with distinction. In 1958, he was accepted at Georgetown University Medical School; he graduated cum laude in 1962. He practiced successfully for 33 years until 1999, when he had a stroke. He wrote an autobiography, “A Journey of Hope,” which was published in 2005. He was a founding member of the Georgetown Romeo Club, an informal group of retired, Georgetown-connected physicians.
He leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Amy; his adoring daughters, Adriana Mann (Russell Negin) and Karen Sitrin (Elliot); and three beautiful granddaughters, Ella Sitrin, Isabella and Elyse Negin. His brother, John J. Mann, M.D., John’s daughters, Gilda Zimmet (Brian) and Stacie Kronthal (Eric), also survive, along with their families. Contributions may be made to Georgetown University Medical School or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.