We are greatly saddened by the passing of Edith Molnar on Nov. 29, 2011. Edith last visited the DHM/CET at the opening reception of our new gallery in February, for the Ghosts of Auschwitz exhibit. Her photo was on display that night as an Auschwitz survivor. She was exuberant and everyone was so thrilled to see her, though she was in a wheelchair. Rosalie Schiff was especially excited to see her and they hugged and hugged. We were shocked to hear that she had passed away this week. She will be missed by the DHM/CET community, the Survivor community and the greater community.
Following is her obituary:
Dr. Edith P. Molnar passed away in her sleep on November 29th, 2011. She was born in Szeged, Hungary on November 20, 1926. She is preceded in death by her husband Alex Molnar and is survived by her daughter Dorith, son Ron and his wife, Muriel. Edith has three grandchildren David Molnar, Leslie Siddle and Daniel Siddle.
Beloved by all who knew her, Edith touched the lives of many generations with her sincere kindness and willing helpfulness. She exuded both good cheer and grace for all who came into her path.
As a Hungarian of Jewish decent, her modest childhood was marked by Nazi persecution that committed her entire family to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp of which she alone survived. She overcame the tribulation saying that “G-d spared her life” and “There is no hatred in my heart”. She recovered her health and then passed through the tumult of displaced persons camps and post war Europe to her new home in Israel.
She joyously celebrated the statehood of Israel in 1948. She married Alex Molnar in 1946 and they immigrated to the United States in 1958, first to Cleveland, Ohio and then to Dallas, Texas in 1971. Edith and Alex were the owners of Kay Fabric Center in Richardson, Texas. In 2002 she was honored by Northwood University with an honorary Doctorate degree in humanities.
The family would like to thank her beloved caretaker and long time friend, Priscilla Kizzee, for the care that she gave to her for the past nine years. We would also like to thank the employees at the Plaza at Edgemere, those at her final home at Lexington Place and all the people from Hospice Plus who made her last days comfortable.
Edith’s advocacy of Holocaust Remembrance, strength of character and magnanimous spirit will abide with us forever.