Mrs. Faiga (Fanya) Bart, a long time Crown Heights resident, passed away on Purim morning, 5779.
She was 91.
Fanya Bart was born in 1927 in Leningrad, Russia to Yakov and Rivka Kleinman.
Fanya was 13 years old when WWII broke out. At the time, Fanya was not attending school, because public schools were open on Shabbos and children were forced to be Mechalel Shabbos. Her parents did everything they could to avoid sending their children to school, risking their own lives.
At the outbreak of the war, Fanya was sent to Siberia together with many other children who were being evacuated. At that time, her father begged his sister Ita Sasonkin to take care of his 3 children, who were all sent to different places, if he were not to survive the war. Unfortunately her parents passed away a short time later from hunger during the Leningrad siege.
For the next 2 years, Fanya was forced to work for the army, in the bitter hunger and brutal conditions first in Siberia and then in Samarkand.
By the end of the war, Ita Sasonkin, now widowed from her husband, was living with her in laws, Nochum and Malka Sasonkin. But she could find no rest, as the image of her brother Yakov and the tearful promise she made to him, haunted her day and night. When her father-in law, Nochum Sasonkin, heard about it, he encouraged her to go find them and bring them to his home. It was not an easy feat, but she was able to save and bring the 3 children home.
Shortly after the war, Fanya met and married Mordechai Bart obm on Chai Elul. This was a particularly joyous occasion because it was the first Lubavitcher wedding of the refugees living in France.
In 1949 they emigrated to America where they began their life anew. They were Boruch Hashem blessed with children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, many who are Shluchim of the Rebbe today.
Fanya’s joyful and positive personality, with her upbeat and happy disposition, was keenly felt by all those who knew her.
She is survived by her son Yankel Bart– Westchester, NY, daughter, Chana Rivka Gottlieb-Crown Heights, son Chezkel Bart-Brooklyn, NY and son Rabbi Simcha Bart-Los Angeles, CA.
She is also survived by her sister Rochel Zamir, Tel Aviv Israel.
She was predeceased by her brother Zalman Kleinman.
The Levaya will take place tomorrow Iyh, Friday, Shushan Purim, Tes Vov Adar Bais, March 22.
10:00 at Shomrei Hadas and 11:00 by 770.
478 Empire Blvd #1 R
Shacharis at 8:00 am
Mincha and Maariv Bizmano
Boruch Dayan Ha’emes – Faiga bas Yakov