|Given Name(s)||Bertha (Berthe)|
|Place of Birth||Irkutsk|
|Date of Birth (Eng)||1899|
|Date of Birth (Heb)|
|Date of Death (Eng)||November 6, 1985|
|Date of Death (Heb)||22 Cheshvan 5746|
|Age at Death||86|
|Hebrew Name||ברטה בת מרדכי|
|Spouse’s Name||Moses Fleischmann (2H23)|
|Father’s Name||Matvey Borisovitch Dinaburg|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||Son: Michael (b. 1920, Harbin). She had a brother who was married to Raisa (Riya).|
|Inscription (Eng)||BERTHA FLEISCHMANN|
PASSED AWAY ON 6TH NOV. 1985
86 YEARS OF AGE
DEAREST MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER
|Inscription (Heb)||פ׳ נ׳ ברטה בת מרדכי פליישמן ז״ל כב בחודש חשון תשמ״ו אמה יקרה ת,נ,צ,ב,ה|
|Historical||Moses and Berthe’s granddaughter, Maya Fleischmann, wrote on August 19, 2022:|
“Berthe’s family came to China from Siberia. Her great-grandfather was a “soldier of Nikolai” (Czar Nicholas I of Russia). Poor Jewish children were stolen from their families to serve in the army to spare sons of richer families. They were kept in barracks until age 18, after which time they served in the Russian army. When they were released, many did not know their family names so they took on the name of the city/village they were born, hence Berthe’s family name was Dinaburg – a town in Latvia.
“Berthe’s family moved from Siberia to Harbin at the beginning of the 20th century and settled there. She worked as an accountant. She married Moses in 1918.
“In 1950, after Moses narrowly escaped being deported to Russia when he was arrested and accused of being a spy for the Germans and Japanese, Moses and Berthe left Harbin and joined their son in Shanghai. He had escaped from the office of a dunk Soviet KGB major and found himself wandering around in -35 degree Celsius weather in only his shirt and pants. A telephone technician, who was fixing a line, recognized him and called Berthe, telling her that her husband was drunk and staggering around the streets. She took a horse-driven cab to retrieve him.
“From Shanghai, they moved to Israel, then Japan, and later Hong Kong. Moses worked in various companies, mainly in the chemical industry and later started his own business in chemical pharmaceuticals. He was also involved in real estate. He also worked alongside his son Michael, representing a big Antwerp diamond exporter.
“Moses and Berthe lived on the Peak, in a flat on Mt. Kellett Rd. They were active members of the Jewish Community, and finally enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous life in Hong Kong.”
Son Michael (Misha) married Igorina (Ira) Pogrebetsky in 1942. They had a son in 1944, Vladimir (Volodya), who was killed in a car accident in Israel after serving in the Six Day War. They moved to Hong Kong in 1969, adopted a two-year old Chinese girl, Maya, and Misha’s cousin’s daughter, Georgia Taylor.
Misha, Ira, and Volodya are buried in the Bnei Brak cemetery in Israel.
Maya currently lives in Florida.
Hebrew spelling of “mother” is incorrect.
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