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Lea Gottlieb, the Israeli swimwear fashion designer who survived the Holocaust, died on November 17 in Tel Aviv. She was 94.
Born in Sajószentpéter, Hungary, she was planning to study chemistry. During Germany’s occupation of Hungary in the mid-1940s, her husband Armin was shipped to a labor camp. Gottlieb hid from the Nazis in Sajószentpéter and Budapest, moving from one hiding place to another with her daughters Miriam and Judith.At checkpoints, she hid her head in a bouquet of flowers to avoid being recognized as a Jew.Once, after seeing a Nazi with a pistol, she concealed herself and her children in a pit behind a house.
Gottlieb and her family survived the war, and after the liberation, she and her husband ran a raincoat factory
Vladka Meed, a courier and weapons smuggler for the Jewish resistance in Poland during World War II, died Nov. 21 at her daughter’s home in Paradise Valley, Arizona She was 90. She died after a steady decline from Alzheimer’s disease, said her son, Dr. Steven Meed.
Born Feigele Peltel in Warsaw on Dec. 29, 1921, she took the Polish nickname Vladka. After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, she and hundreds of thousands of other Jews were systematically rounded up and forced into a squalid Warsaw
Four weeks after the death of Marvin Hamlisch, the music world has lost another Jewish legend. Hal David, whose partnership with Burt Bacharach produced some of the most memorable pop songs of the last fifty years, died at age 91 on September 1 from a stroke in Los Angeles.
Harold Lane David was born in New York City to Gedalier and Lina (née Goldberg) David, Austrian-Jewish immigrants who owned a deli in Brooklyn. David’s older brother Mack became a successful songwriter first, writing “I Don’t Care if
Arlen Specter, the former Pennsylvania senator who switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party, died at his home in Philadelphia on October 14.
The cause was complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his son Shanin said. Specter had previously fought Hodgkin’s disease and survived a brain tumor and heart bypass surgery.
A moderate Republican, Specter often dissented from his party’s platforms, supporting abortion rights, affirmative action, and most gay rights issues, although he was opposed to
The founder of popular retail chain Lester’s, Lester Kronfeld, died on Saturday, August 18 at the age of 87.
Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on May 7, 1925 to proud Jewish parents Esther and Leo Kronfeld, Lester went on to serve his country in WWII. He joined the United States Navy and served on the SS Quincy from 1943 to 1946, fighting for freedom his country on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, and later transporting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in