Singer was born in New York on 6 January 1931. He was a member of the Mormon Church who was later excommunicated for his fundamentalist beliefs,
including the practice of polygamy. Singer gained public notoriety because
of his stand against what he felt was the immorality of the school system.
was born to German immigrants. Singer's father, Hans, was part of the
Nazi movement, and as Hitler and the Nazi movement rose in power, he
moved his family back to Dresden in 1932. Singer's mother's religious
preference was Mormon; therefore, his childhood was filled with conflict
because his father forbade his mother to practice or teach her religious
beliefs. Singer and his brother *Harold were part of the Hitler Youth.
Singer's father was drafted in 1940 and, before leaving, enrolled his
sons in a school run by the Schutz Staffeln (SS). The brothers were
expelled for being rebellious, and Singer's hatred for authoritarianism
developed from this experience. His parents divorced in 1945 and Singer
emigrated to the United States.