Emma Balonova’s son Mikhail and his friend

This photograph was taken in Tallin in 1948. A boy first from left is an adopted son of our neighbor.

Her name was Anna Ernestovna. She was a remarkable woman, a real heroine. Such people are worth monuments; let my story about her be that monument.

When the war burst out, Anna Ernestovna lived in Pskov. Near Pskov Germans brought down a Soviet airplane, one of its pilots was wounded, managed to survive and reached Anna's house by crawling.

Samuel Eirus' mother and her colleagues

This photograph shows my mother in her hairdressing saloon in Estonia.

My Mom told me about her childhood very little. Her family lived in the town of Opochka. [Opochka is situated 130 km far from Pskov.] Her mother had got 3 children: 2 girls and a boy.

Her father (my maternal grandfather) was a true Jewish small trader: he had got a horse and carried junk from village to village, changing it for money or for different things.

Samuel Eirus and his mother

This photograph was taken in 1931 and shows my mother and I. It is written on the reverse side ‘To dear uncle and aunt’.

I guess we took this photo especially for sending to our relatives (I do not remember what uncle and what aunt).

My Mom told me about her childhood very little. Her family lived in the town of Opochka. [Opochka is situated 130 km far from Pskov.] Her mother had got 3 children: 2 girls and a boy.

Samuel Eirus' mother and her brother

This photograph was taken in 1924 in Tartu. It shows my mother and her brother Mulya. It is written on the reverse side ‘To my dear sister Alexandra’.

My Mom told me about her childhood very little. Her family lived in the town of Opochka. [Opochka is situated 130 km far from Pskov.] Her mother had got 3 children: 2 girls and a boy.

I know nothing about the way my mother and her relatives got to Estonia. I was born in Tartu where my father and mother lived at that time.

Samuel Eirus' father in his orchestra

This photograph shows my father’s orchestra. I guess in was taken in Estonia, but I am not sure.

My father was born in Estonian city Vyru in 1905. I already told you that my paternal grandfather was a professional revolutionary, and he managed to educate all his sons.

My father spoke Russian, Estonian (I do not take these 2 languages into consideration), German and French. By the way I do not know if he knew Yiddish or Hebrew.

Samuel Eirus' mother, her husband and brother

This photograph taken in Tartu in 1929. It shows my mother, her husband and brother.

They are sitting and listening to music. Note a portable gramophone.

My father was born in Estonian city Vyru in 1905. I already told you that my paternal grandfather was a professional revolutionary, and he managed to educate all his sons.

My father spoke Russian, Estonian (I do not take these 2 languages into consideration), German and French. By the way I do not know if he knew Yiddish or Hebrew.

Samuel Eirus' uncle

This photograph shows Jacob, the elder brother of my father.
I guess he is about 22 years old here.

I do not know when Jacob was born. In Leningrad he married a Russian girl Antonina. They had got a daughter. When he was arrested in 1937, his wife changed her surname for her maiden name. I think she also changed their daughter's surname…

At that time a lot of people did it: they were afraid to be relatives of enemies of the people. Authorities used to inform former coworkers of every new enemy of the people.

Samuel Eirus' uncle and his friends

This photograph was taken in 1929 and I do not know where.

Here you can see my uncle Jacob (first row, first from left) and my father (first row, first from right).

Unfortunately I know nothing about the rest men. I am sure that they are friends. I guess the photo was taken on some festival occasion, because I never saw my father wearing a tie on weekdays.

Neither my father nor anyone from our family was religious. I mean they never showed it anyhow… I also remember no icons, nothing of that kind. Our family members were indifferent to prays and kippot.

Samuel Eirus’ father and mother

This photograph taken in 1928 in Tartu and shows my mother and father. I guess it was taken right before their marriage.

My mother was born in Opochka (a town near Pskov) in 1901. Her parents were poor. She finished only 4 classes, therefore it was possible to call her illiterate. But she was very beautiful!

Mom worked as a hairdresser. In the beginning she was a master; later she was appointed a manager of her hairdressing saloon because of her diligence and good service.

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