Feiga Tregerene with teachers and pupils of the Jewish school

Feiga Tregerene with teachers and pupils of the Jewish school
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  • Photo taken in:
    Birzai
    Country name at time of photo:
    Lithuania
    Country name today:
    Lithuania
This is our Jewish school. My mother, Chaya Glezer, is the second in the third row. She was a member of the parents' committee. Sitting in this same row is our favorite teacher. She's wearing a dark dress. She is the one, in whose home our carnival costumes were made. I can't remember her name. I'm the fourth on the left in the fourth row. The first in the third row is my brother Falk, and the third on the left is Fayvel. The one on the right in the upper row is Ethel Sluzhitel. She perished at the front. I can't remember the others. This photo was taken in Birzai in the 1930s. I was born on 17th February 1927 in Birzai. There was one four-year Jewish school in Birzai. All subjects were taught in Yiddish. When I started this school at the age of seven, my brother Falk had just finished it. We had wonderful teachers. They were truly committed to the idea of Jewish public education. I made a number of new friends at school. They were Jewish boys and girls. Basia was one of them, and there was Perez, whose parents owned a large store in the center of Birzai. He was probably the best provided for child at our school. My mother was an active member of the parents? committee. This committee was established to provide assistance to teachers. My mother attended its weekly meetings. Parents collected contributions to organize celebrations on holidays, buy costumes and supplies and support the needy schoolchildren. Besides general subjects that were taught in Yiddish, we were told about the Jewish history and religion, and this was when I came to know the origin of my people's holidays and traditions. I liked preparations for Jewish holidays most of all. We staged amateur performances, which were sketches from the Jewish life, for each holiday. Purimspiel was the merriest performance on Purim. Once I even played the role of Queen Ester, the savior of the Jewish people. Our mothers and older sisters made costumes for holidays in our favorite teacher's apartment, which almost became a sewing shop. Our teacher enjoyed preparations to holidays as well. We also gave performances on Simchat Torah and Chanukkah. I enjoyed going to school, and my school years were happy and flew by quickly.

Interview details

Interviewee: Feiga Tregerene
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2005
Kaunas, Lithuania

KEY PERSON

Feiga Tregerene
Jewish name:
Paya
Year of birth:
1927
City of birth:
Birzai
Country name at time of birth:
Lithuania
Occupation
after WW II:
Secretary/typist, accountant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Glezeraite
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Chaya Glezer
Year of birth:
1896
City of birth:
Birzai
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1949
City of death:
Birzai
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dressmaker
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Rapeik
    Year of changing: 
    1919
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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