Pesya Shapochnik with her brothers Boris and Lazar Treiger

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    Russia, pre 1917
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    Zinger Photo studio, 28 Pushkin Street, Kishinev

This is my mother Pesya Shapochnik standing on the right, sitting on the chair is her younger brother Boris Treiger, her elder brother Lazar Treiger is standing, wearing the lyceum uniform. This picture was taken at the Zinger Photo studio, 28 Pushkin Street, Kishinev, in 1907 on the occasion of my mother's birthday.

There were three children in the family. The eldest, Lazar, born in 1895, graduated from Odessa institute. He was a pharmacist. He owned an apothecary in the center of Kishinev. The apothecary was small, but a steady income was derived. Lazar's wife Annette was a teacher. After getting married she took care of her children. They had a son, Izrael and a daughter, Riva. When the Soviets came to power, Lazar voluntarily gave up his apothecary. In spite of that the whole family was exiled, and even worse it was severe. Lazar happened to be in Ural, where he died soon during timbering.

My mother's younger brother Boris was born in 1907. He was educated in the Romanian city of Ploiesti, Prahova. He finished medical school and became a dentist and prosthetist. His wife, a Romanian Jew called Paula, spoke only Romanian and their son Evgeniy spoke only Romanian during his childhood. In 1940 Boris and his family moved to Kishinev, when the Soviets came to power. When the war was unleashed, they were evacuated. We happened to be in one car. After the war Boris and his family came back to Kishinev and Boris resumed working as a dentist.

My mother Pesya was born on 25th December 1902. They said that my mother was a rare beauty in her childhood. The neighbors used to say, 'Go look, what a beauty has been born from Gersh.' The maid, a Moldovan, who worked for my grandmother, crossed herself and prayed saying, 'What a miracle, such a beautiful girl is born on Christmas!' My mother, the only daughter in the family, was the favorite. In her early childhood tutors came over to teach her so that she would be prepared for lyceum. It was a state lyceum. There were wonderful teachers in it. My mother remembered her Russian literature teacher Orlov, who plied her with love for Russian classics. My mother recited poems written by Pushkin, and Lermontov till the end of her days. She was very knowledgeable about Russian playwrights. She was interested in theater in her adolescence, following in my grandmother's footsteps.

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Interviewee: Zoya Shapochnik
Kishinev, Moldova


Pesya Shapochnik
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Russia pre 1917
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after WW II
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Pharmacist, asst. secretary, seamstress, cashier
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