By: Christine Furgiuele
Margot has a harrowing tale about her youth in Munich. Like all Jews, the ten year-old, her 16 year-old brother, and her parents were forced to leave their home in Munich. She began a years-long odyssey of prison, deprivation, and camps. Her parents both died in the camps. Her brother emigrated to the U.S., joined the army, landed on Omaha Beach, and eventually, became a translator at the Nuremberg trials. Margot stayed in several countries during the war, including a French prison, and did not make it to this country until after the war. One week after arriving in Detroit, speaking no English, she met a man on a blind date, Warren. How her life changed. After working in Georgia for a year, Warren returned to Detroit, called Margot, and thus began a great love. They will celebrate their 70th anniversary in April.
Warren spent most of his life in Detroit. He volunteered for the aerial photography program in the Air Force during the war. Headquartered in England, he accompanied the bomber planes to record the damage. After the war’s end, he arrived late one night from furlough, dressed as a sailor(!); his CO was not amused. He was transferred to Germany to photograph the devastation. Finally released from service, he came home by ship and won a huge pot playing hearts – $3,000!
Warren started in the “kidnapping” business! That is, he would go door to door asking to take photographs of the kids. He later decided there was better money in the photofinishing business, which he grew through the years into the third largest in the country. Guardian went public in 1970. When his partner in another Guardian business bought Warren out in 1985, Warren retired.
Meanwhile, Margot was busy raising three beautiful daughters and volunteering at Children’s Hospital in Detroit. Through the years, she volunteered more than 20,000 hours – a record!! Warren and Margot got very involved in the “I Have A Dream” program, sponsoring 78 inner-city 5th graders, inspiring them to go to college by offering to pay for tuition. Fifty-two students graduated
high school and 35 attended college. They owned a second home in Anguilla for many years. A six-way bypass made them think they needed to be closer to a bigger hospital, and they chose Sarasota.
Boaters since 1954, they progressed from a 25’ Grady to a 37’ Intrepid, which they sold two years ago. Always collectors, Warren amassed 3,500 art photographs, of which he has donated 1,700 to the Ringling Museum. Margot’s passion was glass, a major portion of which has already been donated to the Museum, to be exhibited in the new Kotler-Coville Pavilion opening early next year.
They are very happy to have moved into Plymouth Harbor.