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Bertha Somerfeld (Wolfthal)

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Birthplace: Ternopil, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
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Daughter of Chaim Hirsch (Herman) Wolfsthal and Chaje Dyne Wolfthal
Wife of Meylech Somerfeld
Mother of Arthur Somerfeld; Victor Somerfeld and Regina Somerfeld
Sister of Samuel Wolfsthal; Marie Wolfsthal; Salomon Wolfsthal; Private; Meier Leib Wolfsthal and 4 others

Address (1890): House 214, Tarnopol
Address (1924): Schiffamstg. 10, Vienna
Address (1936): Schiffamstg. 10, Vienna
Managed by: Abraham (Avi) Wolfsthal
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About Bertha Somerfeld

Bertha descended from the well-known Wolf(s)thal family of musicians of Galicia. She was the first daughter of Chaim Hirsch (aka Herman), a talented musician, and the granddaughter of the Cantor Meyer Leib from Tysmenitsa. By the time Bertha was born, her father and his brothers moved to Tarnopol where they made their living as musicians.

In 1890, Bertha was living with her father in Tarnopol, house #214.

Bertha married Meilech Somerfeld on 6.3.1894 in Tarnopol (in JRI). The couple moved to Vienna, where their daughter Regina was born in 1902. Berta was still living in Vienna by 1936.

Meylech and Bertha were sent with Transport 31 from Vienna to Theresienstadt on 14.07.1942, where Meylech died on 09.12.1942 and Bertha died on 09.03.1944.

Genealogical Research Notes

Birth (1)
Berta's father is identified as Chaim Hirsch Wolfthal in her birth record.
Birth (2)
Bertha's birth was registered only at 1892. The wording on the late birth registration follows.
On the 18th of September 1892, as a result of the investigation it has carried out, the High Imperial and Royal Governorship in Lwow permits that following be recorded in the books of births of the Israelite Register Office in Tarnopol: In the year of 1870, in Tarnopol, Chaje Ingber gave birth to a illegitimate daughter to whom, during the blessing, the name was given “Bertha”. The father of this child is Chaim Hersch Wolfstahl, bearing a double name.
Residence (1)
Bertha is listed in the Tarnopol census of 1890 (house #214 where she lived with father Herman). Residence (2)
In the US arrival papers of her sister Rosa Wolfsthal from 1936, Bertha was identified as Rosa's nearest relative. Bertha's address was therein documented 10 Schiffamtg in Vienna. The same address was previously documented as the address of her daughter Regina in 1924.
Marriage
Bertha's marriage record is stamped on her birth record, which as said above, was written only in 1892.
Death
According to YvS, Meylech and Bertha were sent with Transport 31 from Vienna to Theresienstadt on 14.07.1942, where Meylech died on 09.12.1942 and Bertha died on 09.03.1944.

Need to add - the image from Gesher Galicia (census 1910), pointed by Source #1 here (?)

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Bertha Somerfeld's Timeline

1870
1870
Ternopil, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
1894
June 25, 1894
Ternopil, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
1899
September 13, 1899
Ternopil, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
1902
February 16, 1902
Vienna
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