Boris and Rachil Mikhelson

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  • Photo taken in:
    Riga
    Year when photo was taken:
    1950
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Latvia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Irina Golbreich

These are my parents. I photographed them in a cafe. This photo was taken in 1950 in Riga.

We heard about the end of the war on 8th May 1945. Everybody was happy that the war was over and we could go back home. My father was the first to go to Riga to arrange some accommodation for us. Mama and I waited till my father notified us that it was time for us to come home. Some time later we left for Riga.

My father received a nice four-room apartment in the center of the town. My parents went to work. Mama worked as a piano teacher at the music high school. She worked there till she retired. My father worked as a foreman at the factory. When my parents retired, they could spend more time with my son Alexandr, and he liked visiting them.

My parents didn’t observe any Jewish traditions after we returned to Riga. They were not religious before, and when Latvia was annexed to the Soviet Union, the Soviet authorities struggled against religion and national traditions. We celebrated Soviet holidays at home: 1st May, 7th November , Victory Day, 8th March, International Women’s Day. We also celebrated New Year and the birthdays of members of our family.

Interview details

Interviewee: Irina Golbreich
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2005
, Latvia

KEY PERSON

Boris Mikhelson
Jewish name:
Ber
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Daugavpils
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1993
City of death:
Riga
Country of death:
Latvia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Foreman at the knitwear factory in Riga
after WW II:
Foreman at the radio factory in Riga

Other Person

Rachil Mikhelson
Jewish name:
Rachil
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Odessa
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1987
City of death:
Riga
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Music teacher
after WW II:
Music teacher
  • Previous family name: 
    Rozenblit
    Year of changing: 
    1930
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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