Edith Hecht

14 January 1923–8 January 2010 (Age 87)

The Life of Edith

Edith Hecht was born on 14 January 1923, in Czechoslovakia as the daughter of Anton Phortner and Anna Dowitzer. She died on 8 January 2010, in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 86.

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Charles Hecht
Edith Hecht

Spouse and Children

Parents and Siblings

    Anton Phortner


    Anna Dowitzer




World Events (3)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 6

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Age 15

Munich Pact is signed by Germany, Britain, France and Italy. It allows Germany the right to invade and claim Czechoslovakia's border areas.

Name Meaning

1 German and Dutch: from Middle High German hech(e)t, Middle Dutch heect, hecht ‘pike’, generally a nickname for a rapacious and greedy person. In some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a fisher and in others it may be a habitational name from a house distinguished by a sign depicting this fish.2 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Hecht or Yiddish hekht ‘pike’, one of the many Ashkenazic ornamental names taken from vocabulary words denoting wildlife.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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