Eugenia Rokhlin

This is my paternal grandmother Eugenia Rokhlin (nee Chapkowski). This photo was taken in Tallinn in 1917.

My grandmother’s family had moved to Tallinn from Poland. My grandmother was born in 1888. She was the oldest of the three sisters. My grandmother’s sister Bertha was born in 1890, and Elsa was born in 1892. The sisters had nicknames. My grandmother Eugenia was ‘Smarty,’ Bertha was ‘Goody,’ and Elsa was ‘die Sheine,’ the ‘Beauty.’ They finished a gymnasium in Tallinn.

Eugenia Rokhlin

This is my paternal grandmother Eugenia Rokhlin (nee Chapkowski). This photo was taken in Tallinn in 1909.

My grandmother’s family had moved to Tallinn from Poland. My grandmother was born in 1888. She was the oldest of the three sisters. My grandmother’s sister Bertha was born in 1890, and Elsa was born in 1892. The sisters had nicknames. My grandmother Eugenia was ‘Smarty,’ Bertha was ‘Goody,’ and Elsa was ‘die Sheine,’ the ‘Beauty.’ They finished a gymnasium in Tallinn.

Eugenia Chapkowski with her younger sisters Bertha Blukher and Elsa Slonimskaya

This is a copy of a photo that had been lost. From left to right: my paternal grandmother Eugenia Chapkowski with her younger sisters, Bertha Blukher and Elsa Slonimskaya. This photo was taken in Tallinn in the 1890s.

My grandmother’s family had moved to Tallinn from Poland. My grandmother’s father’s name was Israel-Leib Chapkowski, and her mother’s name was Lea Chapkowski, nee Gordowski. My great-grandmother was born in 1867. They must have got married in Poland, but my grandmother and her two sisters were born in Tallinn.

Afraim Rokhlin

This is a photo of my paternal grandfather Afraim Rokhlin. This photo was taken in Tallinn in 1905.

My paternal grandfather, Afrayim Rokhlin, was born in Gomel, Belarus, in 1887. My grandfather’s family lived on the outskirts of Gomel, and his parents were engaged in farming. My great-grandfather’s name was Hirsh Rokhlin, and my great-grandmother’s name was Beyle.

Ester Vee

This is me, photographed on my 17th birthday. This photo was taken in Tallinn in 1948.

I finished school with a silver medal. This gave me the right to skip entrance exams to any college, but only during the first year after finishing school. This silver medal spoiled it all.

When at school, we had five to six exams after finishing each year, while after our last year at school we had to take 11 exams! I’d always been an industrious student and studied many additional materials. I was so tired of these exams that I hated the thought of taking more exams.

Edith Umova

This is me in this photo. This photo was taken by a street photographer in Tallinn in 1985.

After finishing school I completed a course for an accounts clerk. My specialty was operator of computing and keyboard devices. I liked this vocation. There were huge computing machines that seemed like miraculous equipments to us then. It didn't take much effort for me to get trained. I had learned playing the piano, and my fingers were well-skilled.

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