Sofia Rogovski

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  • Foto aufgenommen in:
    Petrograd
    Jahr:
    1923
    Ländername:
    USSR
    Name des Landes heute:
    Russia

This is a photo of my mother Sofia Rogovski. It was taken in Petrograd in 1923.

My mother was born in 1900 in Yamburg, Petersburg province. Her father, Joseph Beilis, was a good military tailor. He made uniforms and overcoats for top officials in the Russian army. In the mid-1900s, in regard to Joseph's high qualification as a tailor and, therefore, his usefulness, he was given permission to settle in St. Petersburg along with his family. My grandfather rented a basement near the city center, engaged several workers, and opened a workshop. His family lived next to the workshop.

My parents got married on 28th June 1923. The wedding ceremony took place in the synagogue in Rakvere. At that time my father lived in Tallinn with Aunt Beile and her husband in a small apartment near the synagogue. In 1923, my father brought his newlywed wife into Aunt Beile's small apartment. I was born there in 1924. When my mother arrived in Estonia she could only speak Russian. So Russian was my first language. As my mother talked to Grandmother Beile while at home, she was soon able to speak Yiddish: she had heard it spoken in her family from a young age. Later, she could understand and speak Estonian to servants and shop-keepers. I laughed when I heard her Estonian.

My mother knew how to dress inexpensively but fashionably and elegantly. She invented her own designs for dresses and suits. Sometimes she used her old clothes, combining them with new material. As a result she obtained some very elegant clothes, and her lady friends thought that she had bought them from an expensive tailor.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Sima Libman
Interviewt von:
Emma Gofman
Monat des Interviews:
March
Jahr des Interviews:
2004
Tallinn, Estonia

HAUPTPERSON

Sofia Rogovski
Geburtsjahr:
1900
Geburtsort:
Yamburg
Geburtsland:
Russia pre 1917
Todesjahr:
1977
Todesort:
Tallinn
Sterbeort (Land):
Estonia
Gestorben:
after WW II
Beruf
Vor dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Housewife
nach dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Tailor
Familiennamen
  • Vorheriger Familienname: 
    Beilis
    Jahr der Namensänderung: 
    1923
    Grund der Namensänderung: 
    Marriage

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