Denise (Khaitman) Schorr, of 50 Hartford St., Natick died at her residence on Friday, May 7th. She was a world renowned French chef, author of cookbooks, teacher of French cooking and a caterer, having studied at the Cordon Bleu and Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. As a holocaust survivor, she spent innumerable hours over the course of 60 years in instructing and giving testimony about her wartime experiences to children from grammar school through college, trying to make sure that history does not repeat itself. During the war she became involved in the French Resistance. She worked as a social worker with displaced children and placed them in non-Jewish homes through her underground connections. Toward the end of the occupation and after liberation, she also helped adults and elderly people who were in hiding. She met her husband soon after the liberation of Paris and they were engaged after two dates. They were married by the Mayor of Paris in the Paris City Hall on Dec, 9, 1944 and the religious ceremony was performed by the chief Orthodox Rabbi of Paris. Her husband of 41 years, Stanley A. Schorr died in 1986. She leaves a son, Louis E. Schorr and his partner, Pakorn Kerdmolee of Gardner; two daughters, Susan Schorr of Atlanta and Patricia wife of Bob St. Denis of Kenneth City, FL; a sister, Jacqueline wife of Gary Kamioner of Paris, France, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a nephew, Didier Kamioner and his wife Michelline of Paris and a grandniece, Salome Kamioner of Paris. She was predeceased by her son, Bryce Schorr and by her daughter Gail Pratt-Jacobs. She was born in Paris, France and was a daughter of Henry and Anna (Polansky) Khaitman and had lived in Fitchburg for 20 years before moving to Natick in 1968. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, May 13th in Perlman Funeral Home, 1026 Main St., Worcester. Burial will be in B'Nai Brith Cemetery in Worcester. Memorial Observance will be held at her residence, 50 Hartford St., Natick, through Thursday Evening, May 13th, noon through 4 PM on Friday, May 14th, noon through 6 PM on Sunday, May 16th and noon through 6 PM on Monday, May 17th. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Facing History in University, 950 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610, Brandeis University, Dept of Dance and Drama, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453, Holocaust Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenburg Place, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024 or the Schlesinger Library at Radchiffe College, 10 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Published in MetroWest Daily News on May 11, 2010