Series - Opeskin Fleisch Families Photograph and Document Series

Opeskin Fleisch, "Boris Opeskin" Opeskin Fleisch, "Rachel Keile Fleish" Opeskin Fleisch, "Boris Opeskin and Rachel Keile Opeskin" Opeskin Fleisch, "Opeskin family" Opeskin Fleisch, "School photograph" Opeskin Fleisch, "Group photograph" Opeskin Fleisch, "Opeskin daughters with their mother" Opeskin Fleisch, "Wedding photograph" Opeskin Fleisch, "Monty Goldberg and Zena Goldberg" Opeskin Fleisch, "Sholom Joseph Sherman and Raya Sherman"
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Opeskin Fleisch Families Photograph and Document Series

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  • 2014- (Custody)
    SAJM Jewish Digital Archive Project (JDAP)
  • 2014 (Donation)
    Naomi Rapeport
  • 1894-1959 (Collection)
    Rapeport Meyer

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The Opeskin-Fleish family arrived in South Africa at the end of the 1920s. They joined a family member, Clement Fairly in Swartruggens, Western Transvaal. They subsequently moved to Berea Johannesburg. The family’s roots can be traced back to Lithuania and Latvia. During the First World War the family moved to Moscow Russia and then to Breslev, Poland (Braslaw Belarus).

Many of Boris Opeskin’s siblings moved from Dvinsk (Daugavpils) to the Latvian capital, Riga. The Opeskin family members who remained in Eastern Europe during the Second World War either died in the Riga Ghetto or fled to Tashkent (Uzbekistan). A similar fate happened to Fleish family members who remained in Šeduva (Shadeve) Lithuania. They died in Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

The Opeskin-Fleish family in South Africa maintained contact with surviving family members. Three of the Opeskin-Fleish family offspring subsequently left South Africa for Australia and Canada. Very few grandchildren remained in South Africa, having emigrated to Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Israel.

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Donated by Naomi Rapeport


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Unless otherwise stated the copyright of all material on the Jewish Digital Archive Project resides with the South African Jewish Museum.

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