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Frank and Marga Forester, Holocaust Survivors

February 26, 2014
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The Foresters enjoy time with their great-grandson, Tappan, in 2010.

Frank and Marga Fores­ter, both Holocaust survivors who escaped from Germany to England on separate Kindertransports, passed away within two months of each other, at their home in Wynnewood.

They would have been married 70 years this May.

Marga (born Marga Levy in Germany) died on Feb. 9 from a myocardial infarction, at the age of 90. Frank (born Franz Fernbach in 1925 in Gleiwitz, Germany, now known as Gliwice, Poland) died Dec. 3 from respiratory failure associated with Alzheimer’s disease; he was 88.

Through the Kindertransport rescue mission, the United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Frank landed in England at the age of 13, in December 1938; Marga arrived on one of the last transports, in July 1939, at the age of 15.

They met in Birmingham, England, where they lived in the same boarding house.

They married in May 1944, while he was serving in the British Army and she as a cook for the British Fire Service, which was charged with extinguishing fires resulting from German bombings.

After moving to London in 1950, Frank, Marga and their 10-year-old daughter, Carole, immigrated to the United States in 1956 and settled in Chicago. 

The couple moved to Wynne­wood after they retired, to be near their daughter and her husband.

Their daughter, Carole, recalls a close-knit family: “After moving from Chicago to Wynnewood, in 1993 they always went everywhere together. As a pair, they were a familiar sight in their apartment building, in their supermarket and — until a few years ago — on the Haverford College campus, where they loved to take walks. 

“We were a tiny family of three, and it could not have been easy for them to encourage me to go to a college that was far away and to study abroad for a year, both of which I did.”

But she also learned much from her parents: “I grew up from an early age listening to Pete Seeger’s music, and my parents’ support of civil and human rights has been a powerful influence throughout my life.”

In addition to their daughter, they are survived by a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

Donations may be sent to the Alzheimers Association, Dela­ware Valley Chapter, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106.

Jewish Exponent Staffer Michael Elkin contributed to this report.

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