Last, Irma

Plot Location2B12
Given Name(s)Irma
Place of BirthCzernowitz, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Date of Birth (Eng)circa 1906
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)November 25, 1940
Date of Death (Heb)24 Cheshvan 5701
Age at Death34
Hebrew Nameארמה
Spouse’s Name 
Father’s NameDr. Adolf (Avram) Last
Mother’s NameBettina Klarfeld
Other Surnames 
Marital StatusS
Maiden Name 
Title (e.g., Dr) 
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of DeathInfection from tonsillitis
Other Family DataSister: Iryna Julia Last (b. 1900)
Inscription (Eng)TO THE MEMORY
DIED 25TH NOV. 1940
Inscription (Heb)לזכר עולם פה מצאה מנוח ארמה לאצת נלב”עת כד חשון שנת תשא תנצבה
Inscription (Other)“179” on bottom front of slab; [Stonemason’s name] “—– Ltd.”
HistoricalShe arrived in HK as a refugee from Vienna in 1938 and worked as an art mistress at the Diocesan Girls’ School up to her death. She is mentioned on page 17 in Frances Wong’s book, “China Bound and Unbound: History in the Making : an Early Returnee’s Account”.

Her cousin, Kate Andreis, filed a claim for Holocaust reparations in 2003 claiming to be the sole heir to the Lasts’ assets and was awarded SWF 214,199.38.

Her father, Adolf Last, was born in Fălticeni, Romania, on January 7, 1864. He had a brother, Koine (b. July 10, 1862). Adolf and Bettina (b. 1877) were married in 1899. According to records, his parents’ names were Wolf and Paulina. Hers were Juliusz and Jozefina.

In 1935, the family lived at Wallnerstrasse 4, Vienna. Adolf may have been working at the Magistrate of the City of Vienna – Vienna River Authority on Hauptstrasse.

Dr. Last’s uncle Moisa’s great-grandson, Dr. Emil Costin, wrote on March 2, 2017:
“Dr. Last and his wife left Vienna for Bucharest, Romania in 1938 (probably coinciding with Irma’s departure for HK). From then until 1940, he practiced law there and was well known. They then emigrated to Jerusalem, Palestine. He died in Israel in 1950. After his death, Bettina returned to Vienna where she died on May 22, 1962. She is buried in the Central Jewish Cemetery in Vienna, Section: T1 Group: 6 Row: 24 Grave: 060A.”

Do you have any information about this person that you would like to share?  If so, we’d like to hear from you!