Elina Falkenshtein’s family

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  • Photo taken in:
    Riga
    Year when photo was taken:
    1957
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR, 1917-1991
    Country name today:
    Latvia

Here you can see four generations of my family: from left to right are my grandmother Hannah Borovika, my mother Dina Falkova, nee Borovika, me, and my daughter Marina Falkenshtein.

My grandmother had three children Yasha, Moisey and my mother Dina. After the war my mother worked in regular and evening schools and gave lectures at the Teacher Training Institute. She was elected - with no scientific degrees - an associate member of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the Soviet Union.

I devoted my entire life to pedagogy, and worked in many schools in Riga as well as at the Institute for Teacher Training. For the last ten years, however, I've been working in Riga's Jewish school. I was this school's vice-principal, in charge of academics, and the deputy director. Now I teach mathematics. To be honest, I've always been more interested in the work of a pedagogue than mathematics.

My daughter Marina was born in 1957. She graduated from the Latvian University, the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, with a degree in programming. She now works as an elementary school teacher in the Jewish school in Riga.

Interview details

Interviewee: Elina Falkenshtein
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2001
Riga, Latvia

KEY PERSON

Elina Falkenshtein
Year of birth:
1938
City of birth:
Riga
Country name at time of birth:
Latvia
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Falkova
    Year of changing: 
    1956
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Hannah Borovika
Jewish name:
Haja
Year of birth:
1873
City of birth:
Vilnius
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1958
City of death:
Riga
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Year of changing: 
    1893
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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