Engelina Goldentracht with her brother Julen Zorin

Engelina Goldentracht  with her brother Julen Zorin
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  • Photo taken in:
    Dnepropetrovsk
    Year when photo was taken:
    1929
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia
My brother Julen and I in Dnepropetrovsk in 1929. The photo was taken on my 5th birthday. In 1924 my parents left for Berdiansk on one of their party assignments to organize a commune in a village. I was born in this commune on 18th December 1924. I was named Engelsina after Frederic Engels. Later, after the war, I changed my name to Engelina. Shortly after I was born my mother's father Aron visited the commune. He insisted that my parents moved to Dnepropetrovsk. In the middle of January 1925 we returned to my grandfather Aron's house. My father got a job at the NKVD office, and my mother was secretary of the party unit at a factory. I stayed at home with my grandmother Matlia and my grandfather Aron. He called me ?my pet?. I was their first granddaughter - they only had grandsons before. My grandfather told me fairy tales and stories, both Russian and Jewish tales. In the morning my grandfather prayed, and I often helped him to put on his talit and tefillin. My grandfather attended the synagogue. Once he took me to the synagogue, which made my mother very angry. She forbade him to tell me any religious stories or take me to the synagogue or speak Yiddish in my presence. In 1929 my brother was born. He was named Julen [Junior Leninets]. There was a portrait of Lenin over his bed and a portrait of Engels over my bed. Julen later became a builder. He graduated from Kiev Engineering Construction Institute. His first wife Lida and his daughter Valeria moved to the US in 1978. In the early 1990s Julen went to Israel. I visited him in Ashdod in 1999. Julen died shortly after my visit.

Interview details

Interviewee: Engelina Goldentracht
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Engelina Goldentracht
Jewish name:
Zakhar
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Berdiansk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Zorina
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Julen Zorin
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Dnepropetrovsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1999
City of death:
Ashdod
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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