Beshyva Geller

Beshyva Geller
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  • Photo taken in:
    Brusilov
    Year when photo was taken:
    1910
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is a picture of Beshyva Geller, nee Vilenskaya, the mother of my husband Israel Geller. The photo was taken in Brusilov in 1910. My grandfather's older sister Beshyva, born in 1875, married Aron Geller, one of the ancestors to the 6th generation of famous Israel Besht [Baal Shem Tov], the founder of Hasidism, a just man and a miracle worker. Aron Gellers' father was a senior man at the synagogue in Khotin, chairman of the Jewish community and a well-respected man. They were very poor and decided to arrange for their sons to marry girls with a profession. Beshyva, who grew up in a poor family learned to sew at the age of ten and when she grew up she became a skilled dressmaker for poor Jews. Aron was neither smart - although he descended from a wise man - nor could he earn his living. They lived in Beshyva parents' house in Brusilov. They had two children: a son named Israel, born in 1910, and a girl, whose name I don't remember, born in 1913. In 1919 Beshyva's husband Aron died of typhoid. His six-year-old daughter passed away shortly afterwards. Beshyva was raising her son. Her son, Israel, studied in cheder. I don't know where he studied in Brusilov. In the middle of the 1920s Israel and Beshyva moved to Kiev. Beshyva lived with her son's family in Kiev. She died at the age of 102.

Interview details

Interviewee: Maya Kaganskaya
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2003
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Beshyva Geller
Year of birth:
1875
City of birth:
Brusilov
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1977
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Vilenskaya
    Year of changing: 
    1908
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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