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Ilse Bulova (Simachowitz)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Hynčice, Náchod District, Hradec Králové Region, Czech Republic
Death: October 16, 1987 (84)
New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Otto Simachowitz and Rosa Simachowitz
Wife of Ernst Bulova
Mother of Stephen Bulova and Joanna Margaret Bulova

Occupation: Schoolteacher
Managed by: David André Broniatowski
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About Ilse Bulova

Ilse Bulova, daughter of Otto Simachowitz and Rosa Broniatowski, was born in Heinzendorf, Austria-Hungary (now Hynčice, Czech Republic). She and her husband, Dr. Ernst Bulova, were Austrian educators living in Germany in the early 20th century. Dr. Bulova ran an educational radio program in Berlin, but following the Nazis' rise to power he and his wife were forced to flee to England, where Dr. Bulova became co-director of the Beltane School in Wimbledon. With the help of relatives who owned the Bulova Watch Company, Dr. and Mrs. Bulova emigrated to the United States in 1940 to find a refuge for British children during World War II. The site chosen was hilly farmland in the Merryall region of New Milford, but since crossing the Atlantic had become too treacherous, the plan was abandoned and Ernst and Ilse convinced their relatives to sell the land to them. Thus began Buck’s Rock Work Camp, where the Bulovas put into practice some of their Montessori-based principles on how children learn and grow. The earliest campers came from two of Manhattan’s progressive schools, The Dalton School and The Walden School. In addition to learning about New Milford’s small-town governance, the children worked on neighboring farms to alleviate the wartime manpower shortage. Once the war ended, the camp really took off and a unique program of creative and artistic endeavors evolved.

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Ilse Bulova's Timeline

January 7, 1903
Hynčice, Náchod District, Hradec Králové Region, Czech Republic
October 16, 1987
Age 84
New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States