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BERMAN, Anna Rachel

BERMAN, Anna Rachel

Female 1895 - 1973  (77 years)

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  • Name BERMAN, Anna Rachel 
    Born 5 Sep 1895  Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Height 4'10"  [1
    Residence 1938  1624 10th Ave., Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Naturalization 5 Jul 1938  Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation owned candy stores Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Aug 1973  Ila Hotel, Long Beach, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Mt. Golda Cemetery, Huntington, Long Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • JPG, Genealogy/Reunion/headstones/Asimov Headstone.jpg, Anna Berman and Judah Asimov Headstone, HEADSTONE
    Anna Berman and Judah Asimov Headstone
    Anna Berman and Judah Asimov Headstone
    Notes 
    • Anna Berman Asimov proved to be a talented actress, according to the written recollections of her husband, Judah (Jack) Asimov.

      In 1917, Judah wrote, "For the first show, they selected a play by the name of ìFamily Zvi,î by [the well-known Yiddish playright] David Pinsky. ... We played as amateurs in more than 10 plays, and we were so good that people used to come from the surrounding villages and towns to see us play. Mamma [Anna Berman Asimov] even played in Jacob Gordonís play (ìCHASIE DI YETOMEî) while she was in her seventh month with a baby that we later named Isaac. And nobody could have told that she was pregnant
      at that time.

      [Note: Jacob Gordon ñ also spelled Gordin -- (1853-1909), was regarded as one of the greatest playwrights of the Yiddish American theater, circa 1895 in NY. His most successful play was ìThe Jewish King Lear,î about a pious immigrant father abused by his heartless American-born daughters. He also wrote ì Mirele Efrosî (1898), known as The Jewish Queen Lear, and ìGod, Man and Devilî (1900), based on the story of Faust.]

      "Mamma learned her lines easily, and she did not depend on the box man who used to read in a low voice so that the players did not make mistakes. For some, it was no help at all. But Mamma did not need anybodyís help. She learned the lines and did not make any mistakes because she used to live the life of Pesenue, the pious wife of Hershele Dubrovner in ìGot, Mentsh un Teiflî [ìGod, Man and Devilî]. I am reminded now that she was the best. She never imitated anything, and when it came to laughter she was always first. She used to inspire the whole crowd."

      [Note: The play ìGot, Mentch un Teiflî ìexplores whether or not a good and pious man will be corrupted by money. Satan makes a wager with God that he can tempt Hershele Dubrovneróa poor, religious Torah scribeóby handing him a lottery ticket which will win a fortune. Satan then disguises himself and becomes Hersheleís business partner, advising Hershele to open a tallis [prayer shawl] factory and hire the community men to work for a pittance. The disguised Satan also tells Hershele to divorce his barren wife of 22 years [Pesenue] and marry the young and beautiful niece that Hershele and his wife had raised. Hershele follows all of the advice he is givenóand in the process destroys his family, his friendships, and any spiritual values he once had. He learns that life holds no remedies for the damage he has caused.î And the story ends tragically.î]

      Anna was born just one block away from Judah, on an opposite corner. In his written recollections, Judah also writes that Anna's mother was the second wife of Anna's father, Isaac Berman. Isaac had "some sons and a daughter, from which I knew two David and Uncle Joseph. I have heard about another son, Mordechai."

      Judah also writes, Anna had "three brothers all younger than her." He refers to Anna as the "little sister" of Mordechai.

      He says that her older brother, Joseph, had left Petrovichi when Ann was a baby.

      The manifest of the Baltic (arriving from Liverpool) lists the family as follows: Juda, Hana Rochel, Aisik & Manis Asimy. It says they are from Petrowitschi.

      Here's a bit about the ship:
      BALTIC 1903
      The BALTIC was a 23,876 gross ton ship built in 1903 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the White Star Line. Her details were - length 709.2ft x beam 75.6ft, two funnels, four masts, twin screw and a speed of 17 knots. There was accommodation for 425-1st, 450-2nd and 2,000-3rd class passengers. Launched on 21st Nov.1903, she sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to New York on 29th Jun.1904. In 1909 she rescued survivors of the collision between the REPUBLIC and the FLORIDA off the US coast, in which the REPUBLIC sank. On 12th Dec.1918 she commenced her first voyage after the Armistice, from Liverpool to New York and in 1927 her accommodation was altered to carry 393-cabin class, 339-tourist class and 1,150-3rd class passengers. On 17th Sep.1932 she commenced her last voyage from Liverpool to New York and Liverpool and on 17th Feb.1933 sailed for Osaka, Japan where she was scrapped. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.2,p.763]


      1st apt: 425 Van Siclen Ave., Brooklyn betw Sutter & Black
      1925: 434 Miller Ave., corner Sutter
      1926, 1st candy store: 751 Sutter Ave. between Miller and Bradford
      Dec. 1928, Apt: 651 Essex Street, above the second candy store, corner New Lots Ave.
      1933: Church Ave candy store for about 1 month
      1933: Apt: 1312 Decatur St, with candy store
      Dec. 1936: 4th candy store: 174 Windsor Pl, between Fuller Place and 10th Avenue
      Apt: 192 Windsor Pl.
    Person ID I19  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2018 

    Father BERMAN, Isaac,   b. Abt 1850, Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901, Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother UNKNOWN, Tamara,   b. Abt 1870, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1890  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ASIMOV, Judah,   b. 21 Dec 1896, Petrovichi, Russia, 53.58 deg N lat; 32.10 E long. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1969, Miami Beach, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married Jun 1918  Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • From Judah's recollections, written in 1969:

      "I was very young when I started to like to talk to her (Anna), but she used to dress up and go away with or to girl friends, giving me the impression that she doesn't care for me, until a little over 50 years ago we got married.

      "That was right after the Communist revolution. But regardless, we had a truly Jewish wedding, where the whole town's people Jew and Gentile came to the front of the shul where our wedding took place under the open sky."

      Judah's niece, Serafima Asimova, later wrote an email to her cousins in the United States dispelling a rumor in Petrovichi that Judah and Anna left for the U.S. because the Bermans and Asimovs were not happy about the marriage. (Note: Serafima refers to Anna as Hanna, and to Judah's mother as Hanna, as well) The rumor was "...that Judah and Hanna Berman there have left far away from my grandmother Hanna which did not like the wife of the son. It is a lie."

      She writes: "Judah - the first-born Hanna and Aaron Asimov. The grandmother of Hanna (Berman) very much liked Judah. When he began to meet about Hanna Berman, the grandmother asked the son to not hurry up. He was high and beautiful, and Hanna very small. But to a place there has come a typhus and Judah was ill the Typhus. For days and nights stayed about his bed of Hanna Berman and heart of the grandmother at a kind of such love and fidelity has trembled and she has recognized to Hanna and was glad to their marriage."
    Children 
     1. ASIMOV, Isaac,   b. 2 Jan 1920, Petrovichi, Russian SFSR, 10 miles East of Belorussian SSR border (near Smolensk) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1992  (Age 71 years)
     2. ASIMOV, Marcia,   b. 17 Jun 1922, Petrovichi, Russia, Soviet Union Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 2011, Plainview, Long Island, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. ASIMOV, Stanley,   b. 25 Jul 1929, 501 New Lots Ave. Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1995, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Photos
    Stanley Asimov, Anna Berman Asimov, Judah Asimov
    Stanley Asimov, Anna Berman Asimov, Judah Asimov
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Sep 1895 - Petrovichi, Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jun 1918 - Petrovichi, Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1938 - 1624 10th Ave., Brooklyn, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 5 Jul 1938 - Brooklyn, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Aug 1973 - Ila Hotel, Long Beach, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mt. Golda Cemetery, Huntington, Long Island Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Anna Rachel Berman Asimov
    Anna Rachel Berman Asimov
    Stanley Asimov, Anna Berman Asimov, Judah Asimov

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Nanette Asimov.

    2. [S632] US Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794 - 1995 (Nat'l Archives and Records Administration, Wash DC).

    3. [S74] Judah Asimov's written recollections (1969).




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