Liya Epshteyn

This is me at the age of 4. The picture was taken in Tallinn in 1934. After getting married, my mother moved to Tallinn from Narva. My parents rented an apartment on Suide Street. When I was born, our family moved to a four-room apartment in a two-story house on Kaupee Street in the center of Tallinn. Our family lived there until the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War. We left for evacuation from that house. I was born on 23rd February 1930. I was named Liya.

Liya Epshteyn and her mother Revekka Epshteyn

This is my mother Revekka Epshteyn, nee Levin, and I. I was one year old. The picture was taken in Tallinn in 1931. My parents met at charity ball in Tallinn. Such charity balls were held annually. Father saw Mother and fell in love with her at first sight. Mother liked him, too. I do not know how their relationship went, but they got married in 1924 in Tallinn. My parents were wed under the chuppah, in accordance with the Jewish rite. Probably we have Jewish traditions in our blood. After getting married, my mother moved to Tallinn from Narva.

Revekka Epshteyn

This is my mother Revekka Epshteyn, nee Levin. The picture was taken in Tallinn in the 1920s before she got married. Mother's family lived in the town of Korotkovo of Mogilev province. It was a truly Jewish town. Grandfather dealt with timbering, and Grandmother was a housewife. My grandparents had six children, who were born in Korotkovo. The eldest was a son, Shmuel-Sakhne, then Haim and Bentsion were born. Then three daughters were born: Rahil, Sarah, who was called Sonya in the family and my mother Revekka. Her Jewish name was Riva-Breine. Mother was born in 1900.

Gute-Mere Epshteyn

This is my paternal grandmother, Gute-Mere Epshteyn. The picture was taken in Tallinn in the 1900s. My paternal grandfather Lazar, in Jewish Leizer, Epshteyn was born in the 1850s. When Grandfather was an adult, he became a trade dealer. He probably was prone for commerce as he rather swiftly became the owner of a readymade store in downtown Tallinn starting from a chandler. Garments for men and women were sold in my grandfather's store.

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