Judith F. Neumann, a resident of Spanish Meadows Nursing Home, passed away June 29th, 2017 at Valley Regional Medical Center at the age of 96. She is survived by her two daughters, Anna Neumann of New York City, NY and Lily Nalty of Irmo, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel Neumann, and her brothers Yakov and Mordechai Fuhrer.
In 1941, as a young woman in Suceava, a small town in the Bukhovina region of Romania, Judith was one of thousands of Jews imprisoned in a ghetto, and then sent on a death march to a slave labor camp in the Ukraine. She was beaten, imprisoned, and deprived of food and medical treatment by Romanian and Russian soldiers over a three-year period. At the conclusion of World War II, she left for Palestine, and was present for the founding of the state of Israel. She met her husband there, and in the late 1950's, followed him to South Texas. Here in Brownsville, she worked as bookkeeper and cashier at the Franklin Store, on E. Elizabeth Street, managed by her husband.
Judith was an active member of Temple Beth El, and served as the treasurer of the local Hadassah chapter for many years. She loved to read novels and histories, and kept up with current events and politics in the U.S. and Israel. She spoke seven languages-Yiddish, Romanian, German, French, Hebrew, English and Spanish-and took a genuine interest in people and their lives. In her 70's and 80's, she would visit local schools and tell the children about her life and about the Holocaust. She hoped that educating people about what had happened might prevent it from ever happening again.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Judith F. Neumann's name to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, https://give.ushmm.org/donate.