Pissarevsky, Freeda Elena

Plot Location2E11
Given Name(s)Freeda Elena
Place of BirthIrkutsk, Siberia?
Date of Birth (Eng)circa 1880
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)March 19, 1941
Date of Death (Heb)21 Adar 5701
Age at Death61
Hebrew Nameפרידה הלינה
Spouse’s NameJosef Pissarevsky
Father’s Name 
Mother’s Name 
Other Surnames 
Marital StatusM
Maiden Name 
Title (e.g., Dr) 
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of Death 
Other Family DataSon: Gregory Joseph Pissarevsky (b. October 25, 1903, Harbin; d. November 9, 1994, Bronx, NY)
Inscription (Eng)IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Inscription (Heb)ה״מ פרידה הלינה פזארסכי נלב״עת כ״א אדר תש״א תנצ״בה
Inscription (Other)“190” on front
HistoricalFreeda grew up in Irkutsk, where her father was a gold miner. She married Josef (of Kiev), who had a wheat boat on the Lena River in Siberia. They later moved to Harbin.

In a 1941 jurors’ list, Gregory is listed as being a representative at Dodge & Seymour (China), Ltd, located at 72 Dina House, Duddell Street. He was a car welder. The company imported and were agents for cars, typewriters, electrical goods and paints.

Gregory was first married to Florence Josephine Moalem, an Iranian Jew who was born in Shanghai, and they had one child, Rachel (b. September 22, 1937, HK) together. In 1942, he married a Russian-born woman named Shulia and they had one child, Joseph George (b. February 21, 1944, NY; d. circa 2014, NY) together. When Gregory petitioned for US naturalization in 1944, Rachel was living in Shanghai (with her mother) while Joseph was living in Cleveland, Ohio, presumably with his mother. Florence later married Julian Elkind on March 7, 1947, who was born in Borisov, Russia (now: Barysaw, Belarus). She petitioned for US naturalization in 1950. (Eleven members of the Elkind family are recorded as having died in the Borisov ghetto.)

In 1997, Rachel was married and living in New York, and going by the name Rachel Elkind-Tourre. She is an American classical musician, producer and composer, and is possibly best known for producing the bestselling 1968 album, Switched-On Bach.

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