29 août 19473 octobre 2021

Neal SHER, age 74, of New York, New York passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Neal was born August 29, 1947.

A funeral service for Neal will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York, NY 10023. Following the funeral service will be a committal service from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Mount Moriah Cemetery, 685 Fairview Ave, Fairnview, NJ 07022.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.riversidememorialchapel.com for the SHER family.


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Stuart Oremland

15 octobre , 2021

Neal Sher was a great friend who always made time to be there in a time of need.
All the more remarkable , he always found that time despite the demands of the heroic work he did throughout his life.
It is hard to imagine the powerful forces that opposed Neal throughout the many battles that he fought.
He took on the US State Department to get former UN Head and secret Nazi officer, Kurt Waldheim, banned from the USA.
He took on NASA and the Military Industrial Complex when he got Nazi Rocket Scientist and slave labor Commandant Arthur Rudolph deported from the USA.
He took on some of Americas largest Universities when he held them responsible for Anti Semitic attacks on their campus.
He took on the US Army and the Administration in 2009, when he fought for full benefits for the US Soldiers who were victims of the Islamic terror attack at Fort Hood, Texas., that was initially declared to be "domestic violence". Following Neal's efforts, the US Congress awarded Purple Hearts to those US Soldiers .
Well known and close to foreign government ministers, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, and cultural icons he was never a name dropper nor arrogant.
His work will inspire others who will defend Jews, American victims of Islamic Terror and the State of Israel.

Bonnie Kagan

13 octobre , 2021

from the former director of OSI
(Office of Special Investigation, Dept of Justice)

Neal’s sudden death brings a mournful end to a critically important and notably successful chapter in OSI’s history. When I became Director of the Office in early 1980, I appointed Neal as Deputy Director for Litigation, responsible for oversight of our lawyers in the preparation, filing and litigation of our cases. It was a responsibility for which he was eminently qualified and which he carried out with the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. His dedication and leadership of our litigation docket resulted in an unbroken series of successful actions that solidified OSI in its mission to seek the denaturalization and deportation of those with the blood of innocents on their hands. As a federal judge who reviewed OSI’s operations some years later concluded, “OSI played hardball, but they played by the rules.” When I stepped down in 1983, I urged the Assistant AG for the Criminal Division to appoint Neal as clearly the most qualified attorney to be Director of the Office, and he led the Office for years afterwards with the dedication and success he had demonstrated from the beginning. All of us who believe in OSI’s mission and were proud to be a part of it in its 30 years of pursuing justice will forever owe Neal our gratitude and admiration for his unceasing work. May his memory be for a blessing.


Frank Titus

13 octobre , 2021

RIP Neal.

Hal Gabow

9 octobre , 2021

As a boyhood friend I followed Neal's career in awe of his accomplishments to restore justice from the Nazi travesties. Sometimes the news came from his father who was our mailman and a very warm person.

Eli Rosenbaum

9 octobre , 2021

I had the extraordinary privilege of serving under Neal Sher at the former Office of Special Investigations during his tenure as a trial attorney, then Deputy Director, and finally as Director. He was my mentor and we became close friends. As Deputy Director and then Director during OSI's formative years, from 1980 (OSI's first full year of operations) into 1994 (when he left federal service and, as his principal deputy, I succeeded him), he led OSI during the time that it won the majority of its most important and highest profile cases against participants in World War II-era Nazi-sponsored crimes of persecution (such as those against Andrija Artukovic, Karl Linnas, Arthur L.H. Rudolph, and Jakob Reimer). He personally tried the Office’s very first case, U.S. v. Osidach, and also the key early case of U.S. v. Liudas Kairys; OSI won both cases. Neal was a brilliant trial attorney and was particularly effective in court (notably during cross-examination) and in questioning suspects. He also originated the proactive and unprecedented OSI investigative program that ultimately generated the vast majority of DOJ's Nazi cases for three decades. Under his wise leadership of OSI, the Department of Justice became the world leader in these prosecutions. Neal’s unswerving devotion to achieving a measure of justice on behalf of the victims of Nazi inhumanity, and his success in pursuing that highly challenging mission, won him awards and plaudits from Holocaust survivor groups and from Jewish organizations. His tenacity and skill in pursuing justice, his remarkable courage, and his warmth and steady hand as a leader, inspired a great many people, myself certainly among them. A more generous friend one could not possibly have. What an amazing experience it was to work for a man who was a hero to me and so many others. Words are wholly inadequate to convey how much I will miss him. Deepest condolences to his wife Bonnie and brother Bobby. Rest in peace, Chief.

dianne stromfeld

9 octobre , 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Neal when he returned to New York through my friendship with his brother Bobby. Neal taught some classes in my real estate school which required an attorney and I was overwhelmed with the incredible appreciation from my students. He was a joy to know and will be greatly missed by all. May God bless his soul and watch over his family.

Doug Bloomfield

8 octobre , 2021

Justice, Justice thou shall pursue
Those were the words Neal lived by. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice for the Jewish people, particularly the victims of the Holocaust.
He was a good and admired friend and colleague of many years. I shall treasure his friendship and his memory; they are as blessings.

Lorraine Newman Mackler

8 octobre , 2021

During my 3L internship in the office, Neal asked me to join DOJ's Office of Special Investigations following graduation. I did and it was the best law job ever, with the best team, amassed by Neal. Neal was brilliant, courageous, and worked each day there to pursue Justice for the Jewish people and all who suffered in the Shoah. He was a true hero. I'm grateful. Hamakom Yinachem Etchem.


7 octobre , 2021

My deepest condolences to my dearest friend's family. Thank you for sharing Neal with me. I was a young girl from the inner city of Washington, DC., who joined DOJ/OSI in the early 80s, Neal was the Deputy Director. I will never forget him encouraging and giving me sound career guidance . I have never forgotten Neal. He will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in Paradise Neal.

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld

7 octobre , 2021

Neal was a dear friend over the decades and we collaborated through our respective public lives - on many issues vital to the Jewish community and Israel. Depending on the matter, these activities were conducted boldly or quietly. In recent years, Neal also became the advocate of victims of Islamist terrorism on our shores. We are mourning the loss of a great Jew and a great American.