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Margot Storch Bamberger

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Margot Storch Bamberger Obituary
January 5, 1922 - January 30, 2016 Margot Storch Bamberger died peacefully on January 30, 2016, at her home in Brentwood. Together with her husband Henry, Margot will be remembered for her exquisite taste, her boundless energy, generosity and her appetite for sharing the goodness in her life with a wide and vibrant set of friends and causes. Although she enjoyed the "finer things in life," Margot, from an early age, was an active and supportive member of the community, dedicating time, energy and talent to multiple charitable organizations. It was through her involvement with Hadassah in the 1940's that she met some of her lifelong friends. As the 1960's saw the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, it was Margot who travelled to South Central Los Angeles to participate in Operation Head Start. Later it was Vista Del Mar that benefitted from her devotion. Always a supporter of the arts, Margot was proud of her name being permanently inscribed on the walkway of Disney Hall. Margot's ease and grace in the life of West Los Angeles was all the more striking given her arrival as a refugee from Hitler's Germany. Born Margot Storch on Jan 5, 1922, in Leipzig, Germany, she witnessed the rise of the Nazis and the seeds of the Holocaust. With foresight unusual in that era, her father (Morris) led his family out of Germany and into Poland, just one day prior to the German invasion and closure of the borders. Travelling through Eastern Europe, Margot, together with her mother (Erna) and brothers Adolph and Victor, made her way to Shanghai, then a safe haven for European refugees. With funds which daringly had been sent to Czechoslovakia, the family was able to live there for several months, before ultimately obtaining visas to enter the United States. Those who have known her over the past several decades may find it hard to imagine the ever-proper, very European Margot living in the Central Valley farming town of Atwater, California, where her aunt and husband owned the tomato canning factory at which young Margot worked. Through family in Los Angeles, she was re-introduced to Henry, also from Leipzig, whom she had met many years prior. Family members encouraged them to marry, but before that could happen, war intervened. The wedding was on hold until March 31, 1946. It was the beginning of a 66 year partnership; a relationship that friends and acquaintances admired and envied. And while Henry was the visible force who was able to achieve great business and personal success and triumphs, Margot was forever his confidante, advisor, sounding board and critic. It was truly a symbiotic relationship that lasted until Henry's death in 2012. Margot lived in the U.S. for 75 years, and considered herself an American in every way. But she never forgot her roots and her pathway to this country. Just days before her passing, she warned of the dangers of the religious persecution, racial profiling, bigotry, scapegoating and fear-mongering that has surfaced recently. "That's how it starts," she warned, reflecting back on what she witnessed as a young girl in Germany. Margot is survived by sons John and Mark (married to Polly), grandchildren Jacklyn, Matthew, and Caroline, and, of course, the family black Labrador Duchess III. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the . As a guide, Margot was a great patron of the arts, as well as a lifetime supporter of Vista Del Mar. Services will be private. A celebration of life is being planned.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 3, 2016
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