Hilda Kauf

September 30, 1933 ‒ September 15, 2014

Columbus, Ohio

Hilda Kauf, 80, of Columbus, formerly of Marysville passed away on September 15, 2014.

She was born in Berlin, Germany on September 30, 1933, the daughter of the late Kurt and Thea (Davidsohn) Meyerheim.

Hilda was a Holocaust survivor, leaving Germany and taking refuge in Argentina during the war. After, she found her way to New York where she met her husband, Norbert Kauf, who was also a survivor of the Holocaust; he preceded her in death in 1981.

Hilda was a very hard worker. She owned and operated her own import/export business, Key Eximport.

Hilda is survived by her two children, Beatrice Moskowitz of Metuchen, New Jersey, and Phil (Sofia) Kauf of Lewis Center; four grandchildren, Michelle, Susana, Nicolas, and Julian; and three great grandchildren, Jonah, Thea, and Maxime.

  • Dear Phillip & Family,
    So very sorry to read that Hilda passed away on Monday. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your extended family.
    I greatly enjoyed hearing her tell stories about her life. She was a fascinating person. It’s unfortunate that her move from New Jersey to Ohio was not a happy one. As time passed, I think that unhappiness affected all aspects of her life as her temperament changed, in addition to her outlook on life. I’m sorry to say that it did affect our friendship. I had lost my father less than a year before I met Hilda and I watched him fall into the same negative patterns. If affected me deeply and I simply couldn’t endure Hilda descending down the same path. I regret that I wasn’t a stronger person. I thought about her often and will always cherish the in depth discussion we shared.
    Steve and I would like to make a donation in Hilda’s name to any organization that she may have held near and dear to her heart. Do you have any suggestions?
    Please forgive my boldness, but could I ask what she died of?

  • To Philip and family. I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Hilda. I remember with great affection and happiness the times we shared together in Frankfurt. With love. Diane Bowling.

  • Dear family of Hilda
    I’m deep sad reading she passed away. I met her during my work. She helped so many people finding their way in a new country. I remember her as a lovely and strong person.

  • To the Family of Hilda Kauf, you have my deepest condolences. I worked for Continental (formerly ITT Automotive). I was sent to Frankfurt, Germany on an assignment as an ex-patriot. Hilda was in charge of all ex-pats for the company. She was amazing at her job and acted like a second mother. Making certain that all her ex-pat children were taken care of. She made my stay in Germany a great experience. I have often thought about Hilda and prayed She was doing well. I am so sorry to hear about her passing, but I think She lived a very full and happy life.
    Larry Masserant

  • Dear Family of Hilda:
    My deepest condolences are going to you. Hilda was a fascinating person. Strong in mind, with always helping hands and an attitude to serve 24/7. I met her early in my career at ITT Automotive in Frankfurt, Germany in the beginning nineties. She helped in- and outbounding international transferees to settle in. When I transferred to the U.S. – then in charge of international delegations myself – she was one of my counterparts back in Germany. She was a true character, full of energy. What she did, she did with pride and conviction. It was a great pleasure and honor to have her as a colleague. We at Continental will always keep her in highest regards.
    Rainer Hetzer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Continental AG, Frankfurt, Germany