Rosa Sheyn

This is my mother, Rosa Sheyn, nee Kaplan, when she was a student of the Dentistry Department of Tartu University. The photo was taken in Tartu in 1920.

My maternal grandparents had five children. Their only son, Sakhne, was born in 1898. He was mostly called by his Russian name Sasha. My mother Rosa, Jewish name Reizl, was born in 1900. Her sister Maryasha was born in 1901. She was called Masha in the family and I am going to call her that as well. Revekka was born in 1903 and the youngest, Raya, was born in 1905.

Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova with her parents, Rosa and Efraim Sheyn

This is our family. This is my father, Efraim Sheyn, holding me and my mother, Rosa Sheyn, nee Kaplan, is standing to the right. The photo was taken in Valga in 1938.

My parents got married in 1925. I was born in 1936. My name, Ronny, was chosen by my parents from a book of Hebrew female names. When I was a baby, our family was well-off and happy. It was a traditional, decent, prosperous and caring Jewish family. My parents took good care of me. After I was born, Mother kept working. I had a baby-sitter.

Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova

This is me at the age of five, before deportation. The photo was taken in Valga in the spring of 1941.

My parents got married in 1925. I was born in 1936. My name, Ronny, was chosen by my parents from a book of Hebrew female names. When I was a baby, our family was well-off and happy. It was a traditional, decent, prosperous and caring Jewish family. My parents took good care of me. After I was born, Mother kept working. I had a baby-sitter.

Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova

Tallinn , Észtország

Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova
Tallinn
Estonia
Interviewer: Ella Levitskaya
Date of the interview: September 2005

I met Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova, when I was interviewing her aunt Maria Sorkina, who was 104 at that time. Her niece Ronny came by. Ronny saw me off and we had a talk. The subject of the conversation was the horrible fate of Ronny, unfortunately typical for her contemporaries, born in Estonia - deportation [1], exile. I had to leave soon at that time and Ronny had to take care of other things.

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Irene Shein and her husband Efim Brener

This is me and my husband Efim Brener in our apartment. The picture was taken in Tallinn, 2005.

My husband and I moved to Tallinn in 2000. We sold our house in Tashkent and bought an apartment in a new district of Tallinn. Of course, it was easier for us. The district, where we are living, has very good infrastructure. Everything is close by: the polyclinic, pharmacy, post-office and stores. We feel independent.

Irene Shein with her granddaughter Inna Swarzman

This is me on a stroll with my granddaughter Inna Swarzman. The picture was taken in the Tallinn park Kadriorg in 2000.

In 1999 our daughter and her family moved to Tallinn. In spite of the fact that she was born in Tashkent, she was the daughter of an exiled and was entitled to Estonian citizenship. My daughter and son-in-law work in Russian schools. They don’t know Estonian, and I don’t think it is right. Of course, it is hard, but you can’t succeed, if you don’t try.

Naftole-Hertz and Evgeniya Shein

These are my parents, Naftole-Hertz Shein and Evgeniya Shein. The picture was taken shortly after wedding, in Valga in 1930.

I never asked my parents how they met each other. All I know is that all father’s siblings had pre-arranged marriages. I think my parents also had a pre-arranged marriage. They got married on 2nd February 1930. I don’t know where their wedding took place.

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