Anna Gandelsman with her brother Yasha and friends

Anna Gandelsman with her brother Yasha and friends
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kharkov
    Year when photo was taken:
    1927
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is a photo ofy mother Anna Gandelsman (second from left), her brother Yakov Gandelsman beside her and his wife Maria. I don't know the rest of the people. The photo was taken in Kharkov in 1927. My mother was born into the family of a poor Jewish fiddler in the town of Priluki, Chernigov province, in 1902. Her father Boruh Gandelsman, born in the 1860s, performed at Jewish weddings and parties. His family didn't have a stable income and they were very poor. My grandfather also tried to teach children to play the fiddle, but there were very few parents that could afford to pay for classes and this work didn't produce any profit. My mother went to live with her cousins. There were four sisters, their last name was Tsyfrinovich and my mother was raised by them after her father died. They were her mother's cousins. My grandmother Hana sent my mother to be raised by her cousins because she understood that educated and modern women living in St. Petersburg would be able to give her daughter a lot more than she could. My mother's brother Yasha, born in the 1900s, became an engineer. He was married. His wife's name was Maria. He worked at the military plant. During the war the plant was evacuated to the Ural. He died of ulcer in 1943.

Interview details

Interviewee: Valeria Boguslavskaya
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Anna Gandelsman
Jewish name:
Hana
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Priluki
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Professional
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Yasha Gandelsman
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Priluki
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Sverdlovsk
Country of death:
Russia
Died where:
Sverdlovsk
Occupation
before WW II:
Technician/engineer

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