Simon Rapoport with his wife Ruth Refes

This is me with my wife Ruth Refes. The picture was taken in Tallinn in 1962. It was hard for me to find a job in 1950s. I had two considerable disadvantages: I was a Jew, which meant a lot at that time, and I had been in exile. Thus I could not be trusted. Finally I was offered a job in a small construction and repair company. The director was from Belarus, who didn't know a single word of Estonian. He needed at least one foreman who would speak Estonian. I was employed owing to that.

Ruth Polyak with her friends

This is Ruth Polyak, my wife-to-be (2nd to the left) with her friends at the graduation party at the lyceum. The picture was taken in Tallinn in 1938. I met my Ruth Refes at my friend's place. Ruth was born in Tallinn in 1920. She had an elder sister called Valentina, born in 1918. Both sisters graduated from lyceums. In 1939 Ruth was married to a man from Tartu, a lawyer named Evgeniy Refes. Their son Arkadiy was born in 1940. When World War II was unleashed, Ruth, her child and parents were evacuated in Tataria.

Simon Rapoport

This is me when I returned from exile to Tallinn. The picture was taken for my ID in Tallinn in 1958. It was hard for me to find a job in the 1950s. I had two considerable disadvantages: I was a Jew, which meant a lot at that time, and I had been in exile. Thus I could not be trusted. Finally I was offered a job in a small construction and repair company. The director was from Belarus, who didn't know a single word of Estonian. He needed at least one foreman who would speak Estonian. I was employed owing to that.

Simon Rapoport

This is me when I was a student of the Jewish lyceum. The picture was taken in Tallinn in 1938. I went to Jewish lyceum in 1932. When the lyceum was founded, most of the children knew neither Ivrit, nor Yiddish, so the subjects were taught in Russian and Ivrit was one of the subjects. Gradually more subjects were taught in Yiddish. My elder sister Polina studied in that lyceum in the period when subjects were taught in Russian. When my brother Samuel was studying there, subjects were taught in Russian only at the elementary school.

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