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Marvelous Mensch

Shlomo Fleischmann

Melbourne
Jewish Federation

Shlomo Fleischmann was born in Czechoslovakia in 1922. In 1940, at the age of 17 he was imprisoned in a Nazi Labor Camp. Three months later, he miraculously escaped and managed, by illegal transport, to arrive in Palestine. He worked hard and became a fashion designer and manufacturer. Six years later, in 1946 he married Edith Berman, also a Holocaust survivor. In 1948 he joined the Israeli military and became an Officer in the Medical Corps. He participated in the Israeli war of Independence in 1948, the Sinai Campaign in 1958 and the Six Day War in 1967.

He eventually moved his family to the USA where he expanded the business he started in Israel and prospered. When he was ready to retire, he chose to relocate in Melbourne, Florida.

Shlomo has been an active productive member of our community since his arrival. He has been an energetic member of the Jewish Federation of Brevard and has served as the chairman of the Community Relations Committee since 1991.

In 1995, Shlomo and Edith Fleischmann, with their daughter Naomi Fleischmann Cohen created the popular Radio show "The World From a Jewish Perspective" which is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Brevard and Indian River Counties. The program can be heard worldwide, and world-renowned personalities are frequent guests who express their opinion on politics, literature and art. The show has been rated the second most listened to show at the hours of their broadcast in the category of 35 years and above.

Shlomo's other activities include personal appearances in local schools, churches, Brevard Community College, Florida Institute of Technology and Patrick Air Force Base, where he eloquently and with first hand knowledge speaks about the Holocaust, Jewish History and related Israeli topics. He has also
written two books (in the German language) and has published hundreds of articles in newspapers.

He has been an active participant in the Brevard County Public School system where he was instrumental in working with the instructional staff to incorporate instruction of the Holocaust.

Shlomo has lived a life committed to excellence. He has always tried to do better or to go beyond what is normally expected. He is a man of great integrity. It is not easy to convey the special esteem and approbation of a man like Shlomo. Shlomo can best be characterized as "a mench." To be a "mench" has nothing to do with success or prestige. It is not the possession of a simple man. It is the achievement of a fully developed man. Such a man is Shlomo Fleischmann.