Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Holocaust survivor dies, leaving $40M to no one
What is known about Blum is that he was extremely successful in what he did, building thousands of houses on Staten Island — where he lived in a modest little house — and left behind $40 million, but no will.
Blum's house has already been sold off, his jewelry and furniture auctioned and the public administrator is using his estate to pay off his taxes, hunt for a will and track down any surviving relatives through a genealogist.
'A VERY SMART MAN' WHO 'DIED LIKE AN IDIOT'
The fact that Blum's fortunes could actually end up with the state is a matter of great misfortune, his friends told the Times, not unlike the one Blum faced in Eastern Europe when he was younger.
"He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot," Paul Skurka, a fellow Holocaust survivor who met Blum in the 1970s, told the paper.
So far, there's no proof of any living relatives.