Etl Birstein

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  • Photo taken in:
    Odessa
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

Here you can see my grandmother, my mother's mother Etl Birstein. This photo was taken in Odessa in the 1890s, when my grandmother was young.

I know very little about my ancestors on my mother’s side. My grandfather’s name was Chaim Birstein. I don’t know his date of birth, though I guess it may have been in the 1860s, or occupation. They lived in Odessa and had a better education than the Bashmet family. Their children finished a grammar school. My grandmother’s nickname was ‘De sheine’ – ‘the most beautiful’ in Yiddish. My mother’s sister Lisa moved to Buenos Aires in Argentina in 1910. Her older brother Haime moved to London in England in 1912, and we lost track of them for good. I think they must have been born in the 1880s. My mother was a little girl then and remembered them dimly. In 1919 my mother’s parents died of typhus. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Abram Bashmet
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2002
Lvov, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Etl Birstein
City of birth:
Odessa
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1919
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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