Da Costa, Rebecca

Plot Location2D10
SurnameDa Costa
Given Name(s)Rebecca (Reva)
Place of BirthVladivostok, Russia
Date of Birth (Eng)August 22, 1917
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Date of Death (Eng)October 22, 2002
Date of Death (Heb)16 Cheshvan 5763
Age at Death85
Hebrew Nameרבקה בת וואלף
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SexF
Marital StatusW
Maiden NameWulff
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Inscription (Eng)IN LOVING MEMORY OF
REBECCA DA COSTA
DEARLY LOVED MOTHER
AND GRANDMOTHER
BORN 22 AUGUST 1917
DIED 22 OCTOBER 2002
SADLY MISSED
ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS
Inscription (Heb)פ׳ נ׳ רבקה בת וואלף נפתרה ט״ז חשון תשס״ג ת.נ.צ.ב.ה
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HistoricalFriend Mathilda Bach-Frommer wrote on December 9, 2015:
“Reva was born in Vladivostok. Her maiden name was Wulff. Because of the pogroms, her father and older brother (Avram) fled to Harbin in the mid-’20s. Avram went to a yeshiva in Harbin and the father built a factory. Reva, her younger sister (Elizabeth) and their mother fled with a group of women and girls a year later. In that group was Charlotte Godkin (2J19) and her mother — a childhood friend of Reva’s mother from Novgorod. The families stayed in Harbin until around 1929, when they all moved to Shanghai.

“In Shanghai, ‘the Russian refugees’ became second class Jews to the old wealthy Baghdadi Jewish families and the newer German Jews. The Russians were quick to establish themselves as a middle class and became somewhat prosperous. Reva’s father continued his factory from Harbin — he was an chemical engineer, I think he made ink for writing/news press. They lived in a nice-sized Western house with servants.

“When the German Jewish refugees arrived in ’38 and ’39, they became the third class Jewish citizens. All the Shanghai Jewish families took in refugees. Reva’s family gave up two rooms for two families. The place was smelly and full of lice, Reva recalled. It was also very crowded, and they also shared their food with them. Later, Elizabeth was interned in the French camp because of her marriage to a French man. She moved to Australia after the war (with her daughter). Avram went to Palestine and was killed there.

After the war, Reva met her second husband, Xavier(?) da Costa, a Macanese (Portuguese mother) Catholic. He was a good man. They lived in a Chinese-style house compound, possibly with his family/mother. In 1963, they moved to Hong Kong.

Reva was never bitter, never angry with her faith. She was generally an optimistic person but with wit and a sharp tongue.”

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