Marianne Martha Plaut (nee Gurau), born May 8, 1927 in Wuppertal Elberfeld, Germany, died Saturday morning, August 2, 2014 in hospice care in Livingston, New Jersey. Marianne, known as Maja, the daughter of Werner and Margot Gurau, escaped Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport to Switzerland at the age of 12, with her younger brother, Peter. Making their way to England, the children lived under the care of Quaker families until they could be reunited with their parents in London. In 1940, the family emigrated to New York, where Marianne met and married Werner Plaut, also from Wuppertal, in 1948. They raised three children in Forest Hills NY, surrounded by a close-knit community of German Jewish migrs. Starting in 1959, Maja began spending entire summers camping with the children in Brewster MA, while Werner commuted on weekends from New York by bus. The family moved from NY in 1976, living in Old Lyme CT, Somers NY, and Guilford CT. During this period, Maja finished college, earning her B.A. from Connecticut College in 1986. In 1995, Maja and Werner moved to Bethesda MD, where they lived until Werners death in 2009. Maja then moved to Cedar Street Commons in Livingston NJ, living independently until her death. She continued to spend summers in her beloved Brewster (though no longer camping), indeed was living in Brewster until five days before she died. She leaves behind three children, Jeffrey Plaut of Elkins Park PA, Vicki Plaut of Washington DC, and Michele Plaut of Livingston NJ, Jeffreys wife Ellen Plaut, Vickis husband Richard Taranto, Micheles husband Timothy Christian, and six adored grandchildren, Isabella Plaut, Stern Christian, Lilly Christian, Julius Taranto, Nora Taranto, and Ella Taranto. Donations in her memory may be made to the Brewster MA Conservation Trust and Temple Emanu-El in Livingston New Jersey.
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Published in The Cape Codder from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, 2014