Bella Bogdanova and Abraham Blumberg

Bella Bogdanova and Abraham Blumberg
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  • Photo taken in:
    Liepaja
    Year when photo was taken:
    1931
    Country name at time of photo:
    Latvia, 1918-1940
    Country name today:
    Latvia

This is me and my brother, Abraham Blumberg. The photo was taken in Liepaja in 1931.

When our mother and father left us alone, what mischief we got up to, Abrasha and myself!  I was closer to him than to my youngest brother, Hirsh. I was born in 1926, and Abrasha was three years younger; he was born in 1929. The difference between my youngest brother and me was nine years. Hirsh Isaac - we called him Harry at home - was born in 1935. I made up both my brother Abrasha and myself - including lipstick. We used my mother's perfume, too. I put Mother's high-heel shoes on! We went through everything! We had a large salon with a big mirror. So we'd stand in front of the mirror arm in arm. I'd say to him, ‘We are beautiful, aren't we, Abrashenka?’ And he always said, ‘Yes.’

I remember Daddy drawing a salary each Friday. He bought us fruits round the year. I loved chocolate candies. I was a real villain and told Abrashenka, ‘You are a young man, you are not allowed to eat too much chocolate!’ He was obedient and gave me his portion. Mother said, ‘For shame! It’s for Abrashenka, you have already had your piece!’ ‘But Mommy, I like them so much!’ ‘At this rate, I will give you mine.’ Everything was for us.

Interview details

Interviewee: Bella Bogdanova
Interviewer:
Svetlana Kovalchuk
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2001
Riga, Latvia

KEY PERSON

Bella Bogdanova
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Liepaja
Country name at time of birth:
Latvia
Occupation
after WW II:
Worker
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Blumberg
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
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