I had mentioned the incredibly high
age reached by Else Hessberg, Chicago in my last Letter. In
fact, I made an error: It was not her 107th but her 110th birthday he had
celebrated on 5 December 2002!
I have since heard from her daughter Ilse Ries that Else died in April 2003.
Giving me this information, Ilse wrote in June, that until about four months before her death, her mother was very much alert and well-informed.
Else was surely the oldest Jewish Bamber-ger, perhaps, even the oldest Bamberger ever.
Her passing was noted in the Rathaus Journal Nr.15/2003 on 18 July.
Here is Else’s daughter’s correct adress: -
Mrs. Ilse Ries, 1300 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60610.
My friend of 75 years Thea Saalheimer-
Wolffsohn informed me that her friend Ruth Kalischak-Bär died
at Kibbuz Cabri, where she had lived since she came to Palestine in 1938.
Thea told me that Ruth, and her husband who had predeceased her, were great idealists and had found it difficult to adapt to the change in the nature of the Kibbuz over the years.
I learned only when speaking to Freda
Sussman on 17 December 2003, that her brother Kurt Sacki had died on
21 July 1999.
He and his wife Sandy attended the events in Bamberg around the dedications of the new Synagogue Memorial and the memorial panels for our victims of the Holocaust in the Tahara house at the cemetery in October 1995.
Our sincere condolences to the bereaved families.
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