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Chemnitz
GERMANY



 



WILLI FLEISCHMAN
 



DORA FLEISCHMAN


LEAVING FOR SHANGHAI
Chemnitz, Germany
cir 1938


The photographs above were taken before Willia and Dora were to leave for Shanghai in 1938. From there, nine years later, they immigrated to the United States through San Francisco with their family.

Willi, the eldest child of Clara and Sigmund Fleischman, was named after Kaiser (Emperor) Wilhelm I, the founder of the Second Reich. Under him, German Jews enjoyed appreciation and equal legal rights. Wilhelm I died in 1888, at a time when many German Jews named their children after him in order to emphasise their strong connection to Germany.

 Willi married Dora Weiss, born 1900, while her mother was visiting her parents in Lemberg, Galicia then under Austrian rule. About three years earlier, her grandfather had served as Russian Consul in         Brody, helping people overcome bureaucratic problems and emigrate from Russia. Philip, Dora's paternal grandfather was the "Starosta," the mayor of stary, in Galicia. Dora grew up in the city of Leipzig where her father ran a large, successful women's wear business.



 

 


 

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