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November 1, 1919 - August 13, 2014 Holocaust survivor, Dutch resistance fighter, fashion designer, and philanthropist. Edith Feurstein was born in 1919 in Galati, Rumania. She was very close to her parents and her sister, Martha Blumenfeld. At fifteen years old Edith moved to Vienna to attend fashion school. When Hitler invaded Vienna, Edith went with Hans Stein to Holland. Hans and Edith married and both became members of the Dutch resistance. Their son, Michael Hans Flagg, was born in Holland in 1943. Hans was captured by the Nazis and died at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. While working in the Dutch Underground, Edith met Eric Flagg and at the end of the war they married. Eric then moved to the United States and Edith and Michael moved to Palestine and lived on a kibbutz. Edith and Michael followed Eric to the United States and while Eric worked in New York Edith and Michael moved to San Francisco and lived with Hans' parents. Edith, Eric and Michael then moved to Los Angeles in 1949 where Edith worked in fashion related jobs until she earned enough money to build a fashion business with Eric. She was the designer and President of Edith Flagg, Inc. and at the height of the business, Edith Flagg Inc. was one of the largest womens' sportswear manufacturers in California. One of her greatest accomplishments was bringing polyester to the United States. Edith was actively involved with the City of Hope, the United Jewish Welfare Fund and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she volunteered for many years. She was honored by many charities including Magen David Adom and the National Conference of Christians and Jews. She was a world traveler and visited fifty countries with her grandson, Josh Flagg. Edith is survived by her son Michael, daughter-in-law Cindy Flagg, granddaughter, Dana Marineau, her nephews Doron and Ilan Blumenfled along with their wives Rifka and Randi, and her cherished grandson, Josh Flagg. At Edith's request there will not be a funeral or reception. Any donations should be sent to United Jewish Fund or Cedars- Sinai Medical Center.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2014
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