Bernard Milstein

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  • Photo taken in:
    Botosani
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is my husband, Bernard Milstein.

My husband was from Botosani. He was about three years older than me, so he was born around 1919, something like that. He had an older brother, Isac Milstein, he too is dead. He lived here in Botosani, he was an accountant. He was married but didn't have any children.

We met through a common acquaintance and got married around 1962 or 1963. We had no religious ceremony performed, we were both afraid to do it. My husband didn't really talk much, he wasn't a very talkative person. But he was kind, he got along very well with my mother, his mother-in-law. I was a teacher, and he - chief accountant at the Town Hall. He had graduated high school, had no higher education, and yet he was chief accountant at the Town Hall. He would have needed a diploma, but he received an exemption, he was exempt from needing higher education as he was very skilled and the institution needed him.

I stopped observing the traditions after I got married. My husband observed them even less than I did, he was an atheist. He didn't even believe in Communism. He didn't even want to be a member of the [Communist] Party. I don't know what his father did for a living, he too worked for some boyars, and there was something wrong with his personal file. And he was afraid to join the Party, lest they should rummage through his file for information about his father. It could be possible that they urged him to do it, but he stood his ground and didn't join the Party. And he was a good accountant, they promoted him, made him chief accountant of the Town Hall where he worked until he retired.

My husband died in the year when the Revolution took place. He died in summer, in June 1989, and the Revolution broke out in December. He is buried here, in the Jewish cemetery in Botosani.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sura Milstein
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Year of interview:
2006
Botosani, Romania

KEY PERSON

Bernard Milstein
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Botosani
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1989
City of death:
Botosani
Country of death:
Romania (1945-1989)
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant

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