Ferdinand Chernovich

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  • Photo taken in:
    Moscow
    Year when photo was taken:
    2004
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is the latest picture of me. The picture was taken on May 9, 2004 for the memorial album of our organization of the Jewish Veterans of War.

My military awards on the suit jacket, to the left from top to bottom: Great Patriotic War Order, Red Star Order, medal " for Defense of Stalingrad". To the right are jubilee medals to commemorate victory day of WW2 and Soviet Army. The picture was taken in Moscow in 2004.

At the end of the 1960s I began to work for the design bureau by the ministry of chemical industry. They treated me very well and I got a promotion. Shortly before retirement I was the chief project engineer. I had worked there until retirement. I retired in 1983.

I got married in 1958. Our family life was very happy. The only thing that made us sad was not having children. At home we marked birthdays of our family members and such soviet holidays as May 1, November 7, Soviet Army Day, Victory Day, New Years Day. New Year's day and Victory Day were our favourite holidays.

On the 9th of May my wife and I went to the tomb of Unknown Soldier, to the monument of eternal flame. We brought flowers to the tomb, met front-line soldiers. In the evenings we went to see some of my front-line friends or invited them to our house. We had drinks to commemorate those who perished, sang war songs.

There are very few front-line soldiers Moscovites left. One of two of them is bedridden, another one cannot talk as a result of apoplectic stroke. I do not know anything about front-line soldiers from other cities. The rest of the holidays were taken by us an extra day off.

We had the opportunity to invite friends and have fun. Mariam's parents were atheists like my mother. They did not mark Jewish holidays at home. My wife and I often went to the cinema, and to the theater. We liked to go to the seaside on vacation. I was often given vouchers to the sea resorts for being disabled.

In 2001 my lovely wife passed away. I live by myself after her death. From financial standpoint I live better than any Russian pensioners. I have pension in the amount of 6000 rubles the equivalent of 200 USD. It is enough to get by and for medicine. I have a good command of three foreign languages- German, English and French.

I am able to work at home. I am given work by the institute of scientific and technical information. I am handed materials in German, English and French and I am supposed to make a short annotation in Russian within certain time frame. So, I am not poor.

Social worker from the municipal organization, which supports veterans of war, helps me about the house. Twice a week a lady from the social service comes to cook and clean the house.

After breakup of the USSR there appeared a lot of Jewish societies in Russia. Jewish life revived. I cannot say that I am taking an active part in the Jewish life. I am not interested in religion. I must have taken way too strong "inoculations" of atheism when I was a child.

I am a member of Moscow Council of the Jewish War Veterans, headed by the Hero of the Soviet Union Moses Ìaryanovskiy. We get together and meet interesting people, attend lectures, watch movies. I have new friends and they help me to get over my loneliness.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ferdinand Chernovich
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Moscow, Russia

KEY PERSON

Ferdinand Chernovich
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Moscow
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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