Evgeniy Kotin

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  • Photo taken in:
    Moscow
    Year when photo was taken:
    2005
    Country name at time of photo:
    Soviet Union
    Country name today:
    Russia

The picture was taken for the album Jewish Veterans of War , made by the Council of the Jewish Veterans of War on the occasion of the 60-year anniversary of victory. There are awards on my jacket to the left, from top to bottom: 3 stripes for wounds, father's Red Star Order, medal 'For Bravery', father's medal ' For Military Merits', Guards insignia, Insignia of Guards Red Banner Rifle Division  # 56. To the left are different jubilee medals devoted to the memorable dates of Victory day and Soviet Army Day.  The picture was taken in Moscow in 2005.

On the 17th of November 1945 I was demobilized. I came back to Moscow. My school friend studied at Technical Institute (former ammunition institute, and nowadays it is called Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute). The name of the school was changed, but the profile remained unchanged- weapon production. There were three departments: technological, design and physics. She talked me into entering that institute, the design faculty. The participants of war were admitted beyond the competition. I was supposed only to have the interview in mathematics. I was not admitted to the design department and I was offered to study at technological department of that institute. On the 1st of September 1946 I started school. I became an engineer- metallurgist. I had worked in that field until retirement.

I had worked in the Central Institute of Machine Building for 13 years, since 1953. Then in 1966 the elderly retired and the management changed, so I had to come across anti-Semitism once again. Without any grounds I was transferred from the position of the leading engineer to the position of the chief engineer. It was a lower position and much lower salary. I decided to change my job. I was known as an expert and had quite a few publications. I addressed to one of the institute and filled in the form there, but I was not scheduled the interview. Finally, my acquaintance, director of the department at the Institute of Steel and Alloys, also by the ministry of defense industry, offered me a job there but with a lower salary. I agreed to it. Gradually I got a pay rise and my salary was even higher than at a previous job. 

We marked all soviet holidays at work. It was mandatory to attend the demonstrations on the 1st of May and 7th of November. First people got days off for participation in demonstrations and people were willing to go there. Then it was canceled and people were made to attend demonstrations. Each department was told how many people should be present and people were responsible for the presence of the representatives of the department on the demonstration. We had a feast at work after demonstration, and a concert afterwards. On Victory day veterans were honored. It was the only day throughout a year when I put my awards on. At home we also marked holidays, but apart from New Year's day and victory day, they were just ordinary days-off when we could invite guests over and have fun.

I retired on the 1st of January 1992. I did not want to resume work. I was on business trips so many times that I just wanted to stay home with my wife. We went for a walk, attended cinema and theaters, discusses the books we read.  We did not have time for that before. I do not take part in the social Jewish communities. When I was a school student, I was involved in social work even in extracurricular time. Now, I want peace. In April 2004 my wife died. I remained by myself. Of course I want somebody to talk to and there are my friends and kin for that.

Interview details

Interviewee: Evgeniy Kotin
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2005
Moscow, Russia

KEY PERSON

Evgeniy Kotin
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Yalta
Country name at time of birth:
Soviet Union
Occupation
after WW II:
Engineer- Metallurgist

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