Holocaust Survivor Stanley Diller Drops Dead

The levaya (funeral) was at Yeshiva Gedolah this afternoon.

Stanley was known in Los Angeles Jewish circles for his ugly divorce from his first wife and for his support for yeshivot.

The Jewish Press reports in 2010:

At the Hancock Park home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Diller, the women of Beis Chana heard the fascinating story of Stanley Diller’s survival during the Holocaust. The Dillers are prominent supporters of numerous yeshivos and mosdos Torah.

Diller described how his belief in Hashem gave him the strength to survive the numerous camps and struggles that confronted him from the moment he was picked up by the Nazis. Diller and a sister were the only members of his family to survive.

He poignantly described how his father sent him a postcard that was brief and to the point. His father, quoting David HaMelech, wrote, “He who puts his trust in God – kindness will surround and protect him.”

From the LA Times in 1991:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by a divorced Los Angeles couple who, after years of ferocious litigation, managed to agree on one thing–the $3 million lawyers charged to handle their breakup was much too much.

In a case with elements of the Dickens novel “Bleak House” and the film “War of the Roses,” the justices upheld a California appeals court ruling that the legal fees Stanley and Dorothy Diller were ordered to pay did not violate their rights.

The Dillers were fighting over about $15 million in net worth from a floor-covering business and many other assets, including residential and commercial property, convalescent hospitals, board-and-care facilities and medical buildings.

The state appeals court ruled in May that the Dillers were responsible for their massive legal expenses because they had haggled for years over how to divide things.

“Although the attorney fees and costs are extremely high,” the appeals court said, “the parties by their actions and conduct caused this aberration, and under the circumstances . . . the fees and costs (are) reasonable.”

The appeals court upheld a decision of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Fainer awarding substantial fees to attorneys Mark P. Robinson, who represented Stanley Diller, and Beryl Weiner, who represented Dorothy Diller.

From the Los Angeles Times 1992:

LOS ANGELES — Stanley Diller, the former chief executive of Beverly Hills Hospital and Medical Center, has filed a lawsuit accusing the company that now owns the hospital and a former business associate of tricking him into selling his interest in the 241-bed facility.

In the lawsuit filed Jan. 15 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Diller said he was induced to sell his stake in the hospital after Judah Hertz, the other major shareholder, told him he wanted out of the business because of ill health.

Diller and Hertz, the principal shareholders in Hospital Affiliates of Florida, whose principal asset was Beverly Hills Hospital, sold their shares in the company in December to Beverly Hills Medical Holdings for $2.25 million. Diller and Hertz had purchased the hospital a year earlier from Republic Health Corp. of Dallas.

At the time of the sale, hospital administrator Louis Pontarelli said the hospital’s financial problems were so serious that it would be necessary to close it and lay off 280 employees. Completion of the sale, however, allowed the hospital to remain in limited operation, with about 100 employees. The hospital is on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, just south of Beverly Hills.

In his lawsuit, Diller accused the new owners and Hertz of conspiring to force him out. He is asking the court to rescind the sale and is seeking damages for defamation.

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