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Bethsabée Louise Emilie Béatrix (Batsheva) de Rothschild (1914-1999)

Bethsabée Louise Emilie Beatrix de Rothschild (later Batsheva) was the youngest child of Edouard and Germaine de Rothschild. She was born in Paris on 23 September 1914.

She spent a war-time exile in New York with her parents where she attended courses at Columbia University, having studied biology at the Sorbonne, and worked in a chemical factory. Like many members of her family, she joined the Free French forces in London.

After her divorce from Donald Bloomingdale, whom she had married in 1948, Batsheva became more and more involved with the world of dance, notably as a follower and patron of Martha Graham. Her sojourns in Israel became longer until finally she settled permanently in Tel Aviv.

In the USA she had created a foundation for Art and Sciences in her name, and in Israel, she created more for crafts, arts and learning and science. The Bat-Dor Dance Company was established by her in 1964, and the Centre for Dance Medicine in 1985.

Batsheva died in 1999.