Chasya-Ita Perlstein with her grandchildren

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  • Photo taken in:
    Leningrad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1931
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is my mother Chasya-Ita Perlstein (second from left) in 1931 in Leningrad in my apartment with her granddaughters: Inna, my brother Iosif's daughter Inna (utmost left); Esfir (utmost right) and Irina in a dress with white laces (second from right), my brother Lev's daughters. 

My mother Chasya-Ita Leibovna – we called her Chasita – was born in 1871 in Yanovichi borough of Vitebsk region. She learnt only the Yiddish language and knew it very well. She had big prayer books in Yiddish and she always read prayers to us. Mother spoke mostly Yiddish and a little Russian, since we lived close to Russians. But she couldn’t write in Russian. Mom didn’t wear a wig, she only wore a kerchief. 

My parents led a typical Jewish way of life, observing all customs and traditions, separating dairy and meat products. The children were also raised in this atmosphere. We lived in comfortable circumstances, not poor and not rich. There was a small plot of land attached to the house, where Mother kept a small vegetable garden, she grew vegetables for our own consumption; we had a cow, a cow-shed, a hay-loft, a pantry and a barn. The house consisted of two rooms and a kitchen. It was very cozy. There was an entrance-room, a Russian stove, which was used for cooking and where it was possible to get warm. There wasn’t much furniture, just the most necessary things: a table, chairs, a wardrobe and beds. There was a stove-bench. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Blyuma Perlstein
Interviewer:
Bella Shevchuk
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Chasya-Ita Perlstein
Jewish name:
Chasya-Ita
Year of birth:
1871
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Yanovichi
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Pakson
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1890

Other Person

Inna Gaty
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Moscow
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Student
after WW II:
Journalist
  • Previous family name: 
    Perlstein
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

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