Edvardas Gurvichus

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1969
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is my son Edvardas Gurvichus during his service in the army, 1969.

At the beginning of 1947 I gave birth to a son, whom I named Edvardas. My son was a wonderful, clever and obedient boy. He went to the kindergarten. He was loved by everybody.

Edvardas made me happy with his good marks. There were a lot of mixed marriages at Russian school, where he went to, so children felt not anti-Semitism. He chose my nationality when he turned sixteen and came to get a passport. His choice was to be a Jew, though he knew his father and saw him rather often. Eldargas entered Vilnius affiliate of Kaunas Polytechnic institute, Television and Radio Department. Upon graduation he was drafted in the army and served in radiolocation as an officer. It incurred some negative consequences for our family. When I was anxious to leave for Israel, we understood that he would not get a permit as he had an access to secretive military information, which life term would last for thirty years. He had never wanted to emigrate from Lithuania.

My son recently got married. His wife, a Lithuanian lady Lima, is a very good woman. She came of a family of former underground. She has a very good attitude towards the Jews. My son has two children. The eldest Thomas is 21. Having finished school he went to Dublin. There Thomas found a job. He is trying to succeed on is own. Younger Julia was born in 1987. Julia has arts talent of her grandfather Augustinas. She is finishing school this year and going to enter Arts Academy. I helped my son raise grandchildren. They love me very much. Though Lithuanian nationality is written in their records, all of them, especially Julia is interested in the past and often asks me about prewar history of our family.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eta Gurvichuyte
Vilnius, Lithuania

KEY PERSON

Edvardas Gurvichus
Year of birth:
1947
City of birth:
Riga
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Radio engineer

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