Sarra Shpitalnik and her husband Moisey Shpitalnik

Sarra Shpitalnik and her husband Moisey Shpitalnik
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  • Foto aufgenommen in:
    Kishinev
    Jahr:
    2001
    Ländername:
    Moldova
    Name des Landes heute:
    Moldova
This is me and my husband Moisey Shpitalnik. This photo was taken in Kishinev in 2001. This is the celebration of memorable photographs. In 1990 my husband and I decided to move to Israel. We studied Hebrew for half a year. We obtained a visa, when all of a sudden I was overwhelmed with fear. Our friends weren't very encouraging: 'You have no children. You won't have anything to do here. Moisey wouldn't be able to find a job with his occupation, and you wouldn't get any allowances since you've not come of proper age.' This had such an impact on me that when we went to the cemetery to visit the graves of our dear ones, I said, 'Whatever you decide I'm not going.' He said, 'All right, if you don't want to go.' He went back to work though he was a pensioner, and I saw an announcement that our library needed a person who knew Romanian and Yiddish. I went to work there. When the charity center Hesed Jehuda opened in Kishinev, I went to work there as a volunteer. Before they got their own building they worked in our library partially. They generated the lists of needy Jews, distributed matzah, or clothes. Every month I lecture on Jewish literature for them. Now I'm working on a lecture on Kanovich, a Jewish Lithuanian writer, who lives in Israel now. We've had a club of pensioners in Hesed for ten years and I'm an active member there. In 1995 I celebrated the presentation of my book 'Jews of Moldova' at the library; it's an annotated guide in Romanian. In 2000, its extended and added edition was issued with a resume in English. Here in the library we celebrated my 70th anniversary and my husband and my golden wedding in 2001. Our colleagues asked Moisey to make his outstanding gefilte fish, and it was great. Moisey died two years after this anniversary. I buried him in the Jewish cemetery near my father and bought myself a place there.

Interview details

Interviewte(r): Sarra Shpitalnik
Interviewt von:
Nathalia Fomina
Monat des Interviews:
June
Jahr des Interviews:
2004
Chisinau, Moldova

HAUPTPERSON

Sarra Shpitalnik
Geburtsjahr:
1928
Geburtsort:
Kishinev
Geburtsland:
Moldova
Gestorben:
after WW II
Beruf
nach dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Bibliographer
Familiennamen
  • Vorheriger Familienname: 
    Molchanskaya
    Jahr der Namensänderung: 
    1951
    Grund der Namensänderung: 
    Marriage

Andere Person

Moisey Shpitalnik
Jüdischer Name:
Sarra
Geburtsjahr:
1928
Geburtsort:
Rybnitsa
Geburtsland:
Russland
Todesjahr:
2003
Todesort:
Kishinev
Sterbeort (Land):
Moldova
Gestorben:
after WW II
Beruf
nach dem 2. Weltkrieg:
Agronomist
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