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Hilde Goldberg, 90, Teaneck Holocaust Survivor, Children's Advocate

Hilde Goldberg
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TEANECK, N. J. -- Hilde Goldberg, a Holocaust survivor, children's advocate and Teaneck resident, died Dec. 3. She was 90.

Born Feb. 18, 1925, in Berlin, Germany, she grew up in Amsterdam. Her parents were deported when she was 18 and died at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Goldberg went on to join the Resistance, and helped rescue Jewish children and Allied airmen, even while hiding from the Nazis.

She met Max, her Swiss-born husband of 67 years until his death in March, when both were doing rescue work at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp immediately after the war. At Belsen, she helped surviving children through their trauma and helped them find homes.

As newlyweds, Hilde, a nurse, and Max, a doctor, fought as medical officers in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. They came to the United States in 1950.

In the 1960s, she returned to her work helping children and families, starting as a volunteer with the Council of Jewish Women. In 1971, she founded and became the first director of the Children's Aid and Adoption Society's Day Care Center (now the Turrell Learning Center) in Paramus.

She also helped develop day care standards for New Jersey. In retirement she continued her work with the Bergen Family Center and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County. She received several awards for her service to children and families.

She is survived by her daughters Rita (husband Oliver), Susie (husband Edward) and Dorothy (husband David) and by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

There will be a funeral t 10.30 a.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery, 12 Market St., Saddle Brook. There will be a lunch following the service at 961 Wilson Ave, Teaneck.

Contributions in her memory to can be made to the National Council of Jewish Women; Children's Aid and Family Services; the Volunteer Center of Bergen County; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and The Small Things, a charity that helps orphans in Tanzania.

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