Iosif Perlstein with his wife

This is my brother Iosif Perlstein, 24 years old, with his wife Sima. The photo was taken in Yanovichi in 1926.

I had five brothers and two sisters: Lev, Yuda, Aron, Iosif, Grigory, Rasya and Sofia. They were all born in Yanovichi borough in Vitebsk region.

My brother Iosif graduated from a military topographic school and the Military Land-surveying Academy, Faculty of Land-surveying. He worked in Kiev and in Moscow. The last rank he was conferred was lieutenant colonel. He also took part in the Great Patriotic War. He had a wife, her name was Serafima Baskina, and daughter, Inna. Inna studied in Moscow and worked as a journalist in Tallinn, at the editorial staff of the ‘Soviet Estonia’ newspaper. Her son, Yuriy Gati, worked as a TV presenter at the Leningrad TV. Iosif died in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1979.

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