Elsbeth Fleischman, escaped Holocaust on Kindertransport


Elsbeth Fleischman passed away on May 1, 2021, at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 91.

She sadly never recovered from a fall four months ago, and is finally at peace with her beloved Shih Tzu, Mopsy.

She was born in Bamberg, Germany, to Irma and Ludwig Fleischman. When she was 9, she and older sister Margot escaped Germany on a Kindertransport to live in English boarding schools, never to see their parents again as they were murdered by Nazis. Her eldest sister, Inge, left Germany separately and survived underground in Paris.

After the war, she came to New York City, where she created a new family in the Bronx compromised of friends, neighbors and colleagues.

She worked for more than 30 years in small community medical practices, first for dentist Sid Glatter, then Dr. Herman Cohen, and finally at the Riverdale Family Practice with Dr. Carl Franzetti and Dr. Frank Maselli.

After she retired, she enjoyed spending time with her neighbors, shopping with friends, reading a good book or The New York Times, and enjoying a cup of coffee on her terrace with her two cats, Chloe and Sarah.

She is survived by sister Margot Kohn, loving niece Jacqueline Kohn, nephews Ronald Kohn and Bernard Schalscha, along with dearest friends Roberta Seidner, Angie Cabri, and so many more.

She was preceded in death by sister Inge, her nephews Claude Schalscha and Martin Zander.

A private celebration of Elsbeth’s life will be held when it is safe for extended family members to gather together at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Holocaust Survivor Program, Self-Help Community Services, 620 Fort Washington Ave., Suite C, New York, N.Y., 10040, or at This outstanding organization provided Elsbeth with loving care and support for many years.

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