Dora Rozenfeld

Dora Rozenfeld
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  • Photo taken in:
    Odessa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1912
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Visit Portrait Studio
This is my mother Dora Rozenfeld, nee Ozerianskaya, photographed during her visit to Odessa in 1912. The photo was taken in the Visit Portrait Studio. My mother was born in 1893. The Jewish name she received at birth was Genia-Dvoira. She studied with teachers at home and then finished a grammar school in Boguslav. She studied well. She also learned to play the piano. I have no information about my mother's life before she met my father. All I know is that after she finished grammar school her parents sent her to Kiev where she studied at a private dentistry school and after finishing it she received a dentist license. Shortly after she returned to Boguslav, Grandfather Asriel and Grandmother Gita passed away. Then the Revolution took place in 1917 which lead to the Civil War causing all horrors associated with this period: gangs and pogroms from which Jews had to hide in basements and attics. My mother met my father then. He was chief of the Jewish self-defense movement. My parents got married in 1920. They didn't have a traditional Jewish wedding since my father was devoted to communist ideas and rejected any Jewish rules or traditions.

Interview details

Interviewee: Leonid Rozenfeld
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2003
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Dora Rozenfeld
Year of birth:
1893
City of birth:
Boguslav
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1975
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dentist
after WW II:
Doctor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Ozerianskaya
    Year of changing: 
    1920
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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