Charles Silver, his parents (who survived Auschwitz, Majdanek, Plaszow and Ravensbruck), and his sister, Florence, born in Germany, arrived in Maryland in 1949, where he attended the Talmudic Academy and Baltimore Hebrew College, and the Peabody School of Music, before moving with his family to Los Angeles in 1960. He then attended UCLA as an undergraduate in history and afterward UCLA Medical School. Charles served in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam as a medical officer, and in the U.S. Public Health Service. He has been married to Kathi for 49 years, whom he met in Los Angles, where they married. Over the years, they have resided in Norfolk and New Orleans, and currently live in the Dallas area. Charles was a practicing general surgeon for over 40 years. In New Orleans, Charles was a chairman of the Communal Hebrew School and on the board of Tikvat Shalom Synagogue. They are proud of their three children: Arielle, Alexander, and Elizabeth; and four grandchildren: Ilana, Leah, Avital, and Levi.