JEANNINE BURK, one of the last three remaining Holocaust survivors who made New Orleans their home after World War II, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020. She was 80.
Originally hailing from Brussels, Belgium, Burk was a “hidden child” during the Holocaust, given to a non-Jewish family for safekeeping and able to come out only at night. Years later she recalled having been hidden away in an outhouse when German soldiers were nearby. Her father was killed during the Shoah, but, miraculously, she was reunited with her mother and an older sister after the war ended. Later, though, her mother fell victim to cancer and she immigrated to the U.S. in 1952 as an orphan.
Sponsored by the 50th Jubilee of the International Garment Workers Union in New York City, she was adopted and later came to live in New Orleans.
Her second husband, Maurice L. Burk, and her son, Jeffrey S. Greenberg, predeceased her. She is survived by her children Jan M. Greenberg (Laura) of Nevada, Kenneth N. Burk (Lucia) of Baton Rouge, Rachelle A. Burk (Fred Kropp) of New Jersey and Lisanne S. Davenport (Donald) and Sidney R. Steabman . Additionally, she is survived by her sister, Augusta Luksberg of New York; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
As a Holocaust survivor, she was a volunteer at the National World War II Museum, where she would speak publicly on her life during the Holocaust, sharing her stories with everyone.
Relatives and friends attended a funeral service via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. on Monday July 20. Rabbi Deborah Silver officiated there and at a private graveside service held at Chevra Thilim Memorial Park, 5000 Iberville St.
A shiva will also be held via Zoom on Monday,July 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
To share memories and condolences, please visit www.tharpsontheimerfh.com.