An Uncommon Journey
From Vienna to Shanghai to America
A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II
By Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs

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Deborah Strobin is a well-known Nob Hill, San Francisco philanthropist credited with organizing large and high profile fundraising events over the past two decades, including the first ever HIV/AIDS benefit at Davies Symphony Hall in the 1980s, the city's first Yves St. Laurent couture fashion show to benefit the San Francisco Symphony, and the largest fundraiser in US history for stem cell research in 2006. Deborah also served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol for the city of San Francisco and commissioner of the Public  Library Commission. Her late husband, Ed Strobin, was chief executive officer of Banana Republic and one of the founders of Discovery Channel stores.

Ilie Wacs is a
n artist and former fashion designer who studied art in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts after WWII and then worked for designer Alex Maguy. He went to New York at the request of suit and coat maker Philip Magone and in the late sixties designed for coat maker Originala. In the early seventies he started designing suits and coats under his own label. He made his mark designing fitted coats in vibrant colors with clean lines and simple cuts at a time when coats were boxy. His highly successful Ilie Wacs and Wacs Works lines spanned over two decades. After retiring from his career in fashion he has devoted his time to painting with his works often shown in New York galleries. He resides in New York City and Eastern Long Island.

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