Fleischmann, Moses

Plot Location2H23
Given Name(s)Moses
Place of BirthIrkutsk 
Date of Birth (Eng)1898
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)April 3, 1982
Date of Death (Heb)10 Nisan 5742
Age at Death84
Hebrew Nameמשה בן ברוך
Spouse’s NameBertha Fleischmann (2H22)
Father’s NameBoruch (Boris) Mikhelevich Fleischmann
Mother’s NameRodia (Dina) Yakovlevna Fleischmann
Other Surnames 
Marital StatusM
Maiden Name 
Title (e.g., Dr) 
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of Death 
Other Family DataSon: Michael (b. 1920, Harbin)
Inscription (Heb)פ׳ נ׳ משה בן ברוך פליישמן ז״ל י׳ בחודש ניסן תשמ״ב איש טוב וישר ת,נ,צ,ב,ה
Inscription (Other) 
HistoricalMoses and Berthe’s granddaughter, Maya Fleischmann, wrote on August 19, 2022:

“Moses’ family was from the south of Russia, in Bessarabia. They were farmers living in a small village called Bravich, and were the only Jewish family in the village. Since they were not allowed to own land, they rented and paid annually in silver coins. They were planting tobacco, corn, and grapes.

“After a pogrom in 1903, they moved to China and settled in Harbin where Moses began working as a sorter of wheat and soybeans at the local mills.

“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 until his death in 1982 after a heart attack during a service at the synagogue.”

He had no siblings.

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.

Moses’ parents are buried in Harbin.

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