Broha Mordukhovna Yasnogorodskaya, Valentina Ilyinichna Smolyan, Raisa Abramovna Sonkina, Laura Alexandrovna Verolajnen,

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  • Photo taken in:
    Leningrad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1950
    Country name at time of photo:
    Soviet Union
    Country name today:
    Russia

This photo shows my mother, Broha Mordukhovna Yasnogorodskaya and three of her friends. It was taken in 1950 in Leningrad after she defended her Ph.D. thesis on Schiller`s creative work.

My mother is second from the right. First from the left is Valentina Ilyinichna Smolyan, whose husband worked on the editorial staff of the "Zvezda" newspaper; second from the left is Raisa Abramovna Sonkina (they both are Jews), and first from the right is Laura Alexandrovna Verolajnen, wife of the scientist N. Ya. Berkovsky.

Mother entered the Pokrovsky State Pedagogical Institute in Leningrad in 1938, in the department of Russian language and literature. On graduation in 1940, she began a post-graduate course in German literature. Her studies were discontinued because of the war in 1941, but she resumed them in 1945.

My mother was the daughter of Nehama and Mordukh Yasnodogodsky. She was born in 1908 in Saratov, where Mordukh took part in performances and occasionally sang in the choir of the Saratov Operatic Theatre.

He also worked there as an accountant. In Saratov, she finished the 9-year school and studied at the conservatory. Her musical education was overseen by her uncle, the opera singer Mikhail Medvedev.

In 1925, after he died, the entire Yasnogorodsky family moved to Kiev.

From 1925 to 1929 Broha studied at the Kiev conservatory. In 1928 she met Lazar Futoryan in Kiev, and they got married.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alla Yasnogorodskaya
Interviewer:
Alla Shevchuk
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2001
Saint Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Berta Yasnogorodskaya
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Saratov
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1988
City of death:
Leningrad
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Student, Teacher
after WW II:
Teacher of music in a school
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Futoryan
    Reason for changing: 
    divorce -- resumed maiden name
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

Other Person

Valentina Ilyinichna Smolyan
Jewish name:
Broha

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