Margit Feldman (Buchhalter), 90, of Somerset, a Holocaust survivor and educator of Holocaust and genocide studies, died April 14, 2020.
Born in Budapest, Mrs. Feldman was raised in Tolcsva, Hungary, by her parents, Theresa and Joseph Buchhalter. In 1944, her family was imprisoned and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where her parents were killed. She endured Auschwitz, Kraków, a return to Auschwitz, Grünberg, and Bergen-Belsen, where she was liberated by British soldiers in 1945.
While recovering in a Swedish hospital, she made contact with her aunt, Hermina Boehm, who was living in New York, and immigrated to the United States in 1947. She went to live with her aunt and her cousins, and met her husband, Harvey Feldman, whom she married in 1953.
Extremely committed to community service and education, she accepted leadership roles in many organizations, serving as president of the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, chair of the local United Jewish Appeal and Israel Bonds campaigns, board member and past president of Jewish Home for the Aged, vice president of Congregation Knesseth Israel in Bound Brook and president of its sisterhood, and active member of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater.
In 1994 she helped pass a bill in the New Jersey State Legislature that mandates a Holocaust and genocide curriculum in the public school system. She was a cofounder of Raritan Valley Community College Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and served on the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education for more than 40 years up until her death. She was also coauthor, with Bernard Weinstein, of “Margit: A Teenager’s Journey through the Holocaust and Beyond” (2003).
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Harvey; her daughter, Tina Feldman; her son, Joseph (Julie) Feldman; three grandchildren; and a cousin, William Boehm.
Private graveside services were held with arrangements by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, Somerville. Memorial contributions may be made to Holocaust Memorial and Education Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center; Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Warren and Hunterdon Counties; Jewish Federation of Somerset, Warren, and Hunterdon Counties; and Raritan Valley Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.