Debora Markman with her baby-sitter

Debora Markman with her baby-sitter
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  • Photo taken in:
    Mogilyov
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Artistic photography of Dynin

This is a photo of my mother, Debora Markman (nee Makhover), with her baby-sitter. It was taken in Mogilev in the late 1900s, when my mother was about two years old.

My mother was of the same age as my father, they both were born in 1907. Mother spent her childhood and youth in Kiev. Of course, she had babysitters and tutors and servants and so on, everything usual for rich families. She studied at the gymnasium [high school], she took music lessons, she learned to sing and, maybe, she had a chance to finish one or two years of Conservatoire. In Leningrad she didn't have any possibility to get university education, so she entered secretary courses and worked as a typist.

My grandfather told me that earlier, still in Kiev, he had scared away my mother's fiancé. He didn't like his checked trousers, while my mother was almost dying for him. Grandfather didn't want to forbid his daughter anything, so he organized a party and even fireworks on one of his ships on some occasion. And he asked the sailors to act like they were washing the ship deck and to throw cold soap water over this guy in his checked trousers, all over him. Mother, being 15 only, saw all that and never met him again, of course she stopped dating him, because he looked funny.

My mother's baby-sitter was a Russian woman, mother said he liked her very much. Unfortunately, I don't remember her name.

Interview details

Interviewee: Galina Levina
Interviewer:
Nika Parhomovskaya
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2003
Saint Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Debora Markman
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Kiev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1954
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Makhover
    Year of changing: 
    1933
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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