Efim Pisarenko's older sister Broha Shapiro

Efim Pisarenko's older sister Broha Shapiro
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  • Photo taken in:
    Gomel
    Year when photo was taken:
    1941
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Belarus
This is a picture of my older sister Broha Shapiro [nee Pisarenko]. The photo was taken in Gomel in 1941. My older sister was born on 31st December 1921. She got her name after our grandmother. In 1933 Hitler came to power in Germany. My father saw Germans during World War I and thought they were civilized people. My mother was afraid of Germans nonetheless. She was sure that if there was a war they would castrate Jewish boys. My father laughed at her. Nobody considered the possibility of a war with Germany, even after Germans occupied Poland. Nobody had any premonition of the war. Life was beginning to improve. In 1941 my older brother Misha and Broha finished the 10th grade at a Jewish school and were thinking of continuing their studies. My father had only studied at cheder and was very happy that his children would get a higher education. Everybody had great expectations of the future. I was a very vivid boy and interfered with Misha and Broha when they prepared for their exams. After the war Broha finished the Oil College in Bashkiria. She couldn't find an adequate job with her profession in Chernovtsy and had to work as a shop assistant to support her family. In 1947 she married Isaak Shapiro, who was a widower after his wife Haya died. Broha lives with her children in Rostov now.

Interview details

Interviewee: Efim Pisarenko
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2002
Chernovtsy , Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Bronislava Shapiro
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Gomel
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Retail clerk
after WW II:
Retail clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Pisarenko
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1997

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