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1920 - 2019
George Sachs, of New York City, passed away shortly after his 99th birthday on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at his home in Manhattan, where he had lived for more than 40 years together with his wife of 67 years, Eva Sachs, who died in 2014.

He was born July 5, 1920 in Prague, former Czechoslovakia. After the occupation of the country by Nazi Germany, he had to interrupt his Electrical Engineering studies at Charles University, Prague. A Holocaust survivor who went through the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia and forced labor camps in Germany, he lost his whole family during World War II. He met his future wife in Prague in 1947, and after communists took over power in Czechoslovakia one year later, they fled together to the USA via Germany. They came to America on a Truman visa quota that was designated for intelligentsia fleeing communist Czechoslovakia.

George immediately started to work in a shoe factory, rising to the position of President of Cosmos Footwear Corporation, a women's shoe manufacturer company, in 1966. He was a lifetime director of Footwear Industries of America, Inc., a footwear company executive at Charter Footwear Corp., and a life member of Two/Ten Associates, Inc. (The National Philanthropic Foundation of the shoe, leather and allied industries). The American Jewish Committee Appeal for Human Relations presented him with a leadership citation.

He was a real New Yorker, classy and charming at all times, wearing a cap on his way to Zabar's, Lindt, or B&H. An avid photographer, he passionately documented everyday life of his family, leaving behind a big photography archive. He was used to getting on the computer at midnight to check the upcoming day's newspapers from Zurich, as well as forwarding important editorials from the New York Times to family and friends.

We remember him as a most humble, loving, and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He dedicated his life to the love and happiness for his wife, Eva, also a Holocaust survivor, and the well-being and prosperity of his family. He was endowed with a remarkable sense of kindness and generosity. He never talked about himself, never complained, and was always ready to listen to others and treat them with a Swiss chocolate. His life motto was the one of Zechariah: Lo v' chayil, v' lo v' koach, ki im-b' ruchi. (Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit). It is no coincidence that this powerful verse is engraved on the facade of Smichov synagogue in Prague, where he had his bar mitzvah. He was a good friend to people, regardless of their background, nationality, or age. His passing is a great loss. "May the memory of this righteous one be a blessing".

George Sachs is survived by his two children, Michael Sachs with his wife Fay, and Irene Sachs Deitel and her husband Stuart; four grandchildren, Rachel, Emily, Karen, and Jeffrey; and three great-grandchildren, Brielle Eva, Thomas Ryan, and Gary George.

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Published in New York Times from Jul. 27 to Jul. 28, 2019.
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October 29, 2019
Monika Hankova
October 29, 2019
Monika Hankova
October 29, 2019
Monika Hankova
October 29, 2019
Monika Hankova
October 29, 2019
Monika Hankova
October 29, 2019
Monika Hankova
October 21, 2019
The second picture of George Sachs and myself I was unable to add to the earlier comments.
George Wolf
October 17, 2019
George married my only first cousin, Eva, after they both survived Terezin (Theresienstadt), and came to the US in 1949, after Czechoslovakia had turned Communist. I had preceded them by three years. They both worked enormously hard, starting on factory floors. But after Eva got pregnant, George assumed the major burden of supporting the family, After a son, Michael, came the daughter, Irene, named after Eva's mother who perished in Auschwitz, as did the entire rest of her and my family. Eventually George became the head of a business, material circumstances improved, both children went to and graduated from college. George, extremely modest in his life style, bookish and intellectual, allowed Eva to be the artist, attend concerts, regularly ski in Switzerland, and in late life even going to college to get a master's degree. George's respect for others, from factory workers to bank presidents, his consideration and fairness, were exemplary and stood out among the general business people in his and other industries. Our life styles were very different, all the more that I had married a glamorous, gifted and spoiled native American Jewish girl, and my work was in high fashion. Eva's friends were all survivors from Europe and there was a lack of understanding between our respective wives, but it did not take away from the appreciation George and I had for each other and for our travails. As soon as we had both become widowers a few years ago, we bonded again, and we both formed new and close bonds with ladies who connected both of us to our respective youth in Czechoslovakia and the Austro-Hungarian empire. At the same time, our years took their toll. The way that George carried on,
through pains and infirmities, were amazing, never losing his positive outlook, his sense of sly humor, of seeing the good in people he dealt with, the actual heroism that his quiet, focused and persistence to create a whole new family to replace the ones he and Eva had lost, represented. The core beliefs of the Austrian-Hungarian-Czech Jewish bourgeois families was the sense of responsibility for family, ethical conduct, pursuit of learning and education, and compassion for one's fellow man of whatever background. That belief guided George's life and is the reason that I, seven years his junior, call him my role model.
George Wolf
August 31, 2019
May George Sachs' memory be blessed for he belonged to the righteous ones. I met George for the last time in September 2015 during my stay in NYC.
I cherish every moment I spent with him.
For me he was a part of my past, my parents' past but he remained relevant up to a very high age.
Everything he said had a purpose. he was a man with a great sense of humor and with a twinkle in his eyes which gave away the person he must have been in his younger years.
Nothing left him indifferent.
He was a caring and loving person, inspiring those around him with a lot of respect. I will always remember his carefulness and his desire and love for accuracy. I will treasure every memory I have of him and his much loved and admired wife Eva,
May he rest In Peace and may his memory be blessed forever.
Angela Yantian
August 30, 2019
I have known Mr. Sachs for about four years, but he definitely left a positive impact on me as a person.
He definitely was a great man with remarkable qualities. I will always remember him as a happy, caring and understanding human being, willing to listen everyone at any moment.
I just wanted to transmit my deepest condolences to the family and friends.
Slava Fakashchuk
August 19, 2019
George Sachs will live on forever in the memories and hearts of everyone he's ever met. His love and energy are eternal and his influence goes deeper then anything or anyone I've ever met. His light will continue to shine and his influence on my life was profound. His charm and wisdom were filled with a wonder so true and beautiful,
It's the essence of dreams. He showed me that true compassion comes from the soul and no outside force can dim or defeat that spirt. It's amazing such a small man could cast such a large shadow. l will forever be a better person and it was an honor and privilege to have known him.
Stefan Grasso
August 6, 2019
So very sorry that George Sachs recently passed away but what a wonderful age he reached and what a good life he achieved.

My parents were always delighted to see him when he came to England. My mother was married, first time around, to George's cousin in Czechoslovakia. She was very fond of George and Eva and used to tell him not to bring such generous gifts. He told her that whatever he brought could not repay what her family had done for him. I was told that George hid at my maternal parents' farm before he made it to the States.
After my parents died George and I corresponded, usually at Christmas, and he wrote very interesting typewritten letters. This stopped some years ago and the letters were replaced with up-to-date emails and recorded greetings. I am still in contact with Irene and hope this continues.
Thinking of George brings back happy memories of my dear parents and takes me back to my youth.
Sincere condolences to the whole Sachs family from us here in England.
Pauline (nee Lang) & Douglas Brackenboro
August 5, 2019
I was so sorry to hear the sad news about George. I loved him and his wife Eva. Eva and I are second cousins, her mother and my father were first cousins.
Helen Urbach Kotler
August 2, 2019
I had the honor of knowing Mr. Sachs. He had a bright personality that always bestowed happiness and peace to a person. I will always cherish his smile and kindness. I thank God every day for having met an extraordinary being. May God bless him and his family.
Vilma Valdiveso
July 31, 2019
When I think of my dear friend George Sachs, I feel truly blessed to have known him for a very long time. We met right after World War II in our native Prague, both survivors of the Holocaust. I introduced him to my best friend Eva. It was love at first sight and they were married shortly after. Our paths have crossed many times; as political refugees in Germany, later as newly arrived immigrants in America. In the following years, as we were raising our families and pursuing our careers, I was happy to see how successful George became, due to hard work and to his intelligence. Above all, his goal was to make Eva happy. I have such fond memories our visits to his Fifth Ave. apt. and his warm hospitality, his graciousness, kindness, caring, and helpfulness. For some reason unknown to me, he thought that my favorite dessert was poppyseed strudel and so each time we visited, there it was, coffee and a big helping of poppyseed strudel.
Dear George, May you Rest In Peace and May your memory be for a blessing.
Helen Satter
July 30, 2019
Dear Monika and all the people who loved George Sachs dearly, I send you all my deep condolences, in his 99 years on earth George Sachs will have created many imprints in the hearts of those he met, that will ripple out in ways he might not ever have expected. Warm regards,
Emmy van Swaaij
July 29, 2019
I will always remember an afternoon tea and delicious cookies with George in his home. His graciousness and generosity of spirit were very palpable. I am happy to have known him, even if briefly. I wish all his family and friends the very best.
Morgan O'Hara
July 29, 2019
Thank you Monika Hankova for telling about this untold hero. May his memory be eternal on Earth and his soul have peace.
Beverley Price
July 28, 2019
Z'L'....May the memory of this righteous one be a blessing. His life was a blessing, his family blessed to be with him. My sympathies go out to Michael Sachs, his son. Michael is a good friend and was my academic dissertation chairperson. May his family always feel peace in their heart.
ANNA weltman
July 28, 2019
George was an unusually kind man with a tremendous spirit of generosity. Completely devoted and deeply caring of Eva who survived the Holocaust. Whenever I visited them, he often talked about making life better and easier for Eva. He helped me with some translations of old letters that were written in Czech and offered wise advice when asked. He would be the person I would call to discuss European travel plans. He knew so much and offered excellent guidance. After Eva died, whenever I visited George, he was an extraordinary gentleman. He first offered me coffee with cake and of course chocolate as well. We talked about his life in Czechoslovakia, his family and his current interests. His Czech Jewish culture, demeanor and good heartedness reminded me of some members of my family and so it was doubly fulfilling to spend time with him whenever possible. I am glad he was blessed with a good and long, long life. George will be missed and his death is a loss to all who knew him.
Amira Kohn Trattner
July 28, 2019
I am so fortunate and honored to have met dear "Jirka" a few times, and am so sad that he is gone and I could not meet him again to congratulate him on 99 years of a remarkable life - though his memory and his light will live on. My deep condolences to his family and friends.
Adele Eisenstein
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