Haim Itshak Pagirskiy and his friend

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kaunas
    Year when photo was taken:
    1921
    Country name at time of photo:
    Lithuania
    Country name today:
    Lithuania

To the left wearing a hat is my mother's brother Haim Itshak Pagirskiy. I do not know the person to the right. The picture was made in Kaunas in 1921.

My grandparents Sarah and Avel Pagirskiys had ten children. All of them got an excellent for those times  education in lyceum. They were literate and cultured people. When children grew up, they were not religious, like their parents merely sticking to the traditions and marking Jewish holidays.  

My mother’s brother Haim Itshak (he was called Mitya in the family) was born in 1902. He graduated from Vilnius university. Haim served in Lithuanian army, in medical battalion. He married a Jewish lady Haya Feinstein rather late, when he was over 30. In late 1930s Haim and his wife left for Palestine. He settled in there pretty well. He worked under his specialty. Later on he bought orange-tree grove. Haim and Haya had two sons- Izya, 1935 and Aba, 1937. Before the outbreak of Great Patriotic War Haim came to Lithuania for a visit. I remembered his peculiar looks and Southern tan. Haim took part in Great Patriotic War. He served in the troops of the allies as a military doctor. He perished in Egypt in 1942. His wife had lived a long life. Their children live in Israel, but we do not keep in touch. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Iosif Yudelevichus
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2005
Kaunas, Lithuania

KEY PERSON

Haim Itshak Pagirskiy
Jewish name:
Haim Itshak
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Jonava
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1942
Country of death:
Egypt
Died where:
Egypt
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor
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