Born in Leeds, Silverman's father escaped Anti-Jewish pogroms in Minsk, Belarus and he attended Leeds Central High School and first worked as a warehouseman. He later became a barrister, called by Gray's Inn in 1931, and practised in Birmingham. He served as a councillor on Birmingham City Council 1934-45.
He was granted Honorary Freedom of the City of Birmingham in 1982 and died in Birmingham aged 90.
- Obituary in The Independent, 24 September 1996
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1951, 1966 & 1979
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Julius Silverman
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