Isidore was born in Podkamien, and is the only son to Clara Shapira and Haim Klienger. Clara and Haim owned a fabric store.
When the Germans approached Podkamien from the west in the summer of 1942, Isidore and Clara were forced to flee. A peasant offered to hide them in his barn and made space for them in a small combine used to store grain.
Isidore described his hiding spot as a “big coffin,” like “one double bed,” a space so small that they could sit up but couldn’t stand up. The two never left their hiding spot. They stayed there for almost two years until they were liberated in 1944.
The two moved around from Poland to Czechoslovakia until arriving at the DP camp in Fahrenwald, Germany in 1945. The two eventually emigrated to the US in 1949. Isidore worked in New Jersey and New York for a few years before moving to Bakersfield, California in 1961. He spent 32 years working as the operating manager for a chain of ladies apparel stores.
Isidore is now retired and lives in Lakeside, California with his first cousin, Aviva and her husband, David.