Anna Ulik’s grandmother, Esther Papish, with her daughter Lyuba

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1926
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

My grandmother, Esther Iosifovna Papish, with her younger daughter Lyuba. The photo was made on October 9, 1926, in Kiev.

Then Lev, Lelya, her brother, was born in 1898; he is my uncle. Mother's younger sister Lubov Zakharyevna was born in 1911. Mother's mother, Esther Iosifovna, had five children. I know from stories that when she went to the United States in 1905 (she was sent there to study the education system of the US), her eldest son died. My mother said he was the most talented of her children. When his mother returned home he was already dead.

Aunt Lyuba, my mother's youngest sister, whom I and my sister remember very well because she visited us often and helped raise us when she was young; I remember that she married George Baklanovsky. They had a son, Valya. When the war broke out, he turned a year and a half. George, Lyuba's husband, was killed on the first day of the war. She and her son evacuated separately from us. She found herself in Rostov that was occupied by the Germans. A local family rescued her. Her life was very hard as we learned later from her stories. Some people betrayed her, but that local family told the Germans that she was Armenian in order to save her life. Finally, Lyuba and Valya came to Kiev. She had no profession, so she worked at a factory and was in great need. Our life was not very good either, but we did our best to help them. She died in 1978.

Interview details

Interviewee: Anna Ulik
Interviewer:
Ella Orlikova
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2001
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Esther Papish
Jewish name:
Esther
Year of birth:
1873
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1940
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Shulfental
    Year of changing: 
    1890
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Lyuba Baklanovskaya
Year of birth:
1911
City of birth:
Zhitomir
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1978
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
housewife
after WW II:
worker

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