Frieda Portnaya and her husband Vladimir Portnoy

Frieda Portnaya and her husband Vladimir Portnoy
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1948
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is a photo of my husband ,Vladimir Haimovich Portnoy,and me, Frieda Waldman Portnaya, taken in Kiev in 1948 on our wedding day. I met my husband after the war in Kiev. He was born in Kiev in 1925 and had a sister and two brothers. Yasha Orlov, one of his brothers, died near Oryol and was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. My husband's parents, Haim Portnoy and Sheindl Portnaya, were very religious people. I didn't know his father: he died during the war in the evacuation. His mother Sheindl always attended synagogue and had a seat there. She celebrated all the Jewish holidays. We visited her frequently, and I learned about the Jewish holidays from her. Volodia and I got married in 1948. We didn't have a wedding, our marriage was just registered at the registration office. I made myself a new dress, but we didn't have any rings. My mother baked some pastries and sweets and we invited our neighbors to celebrate our wedding. In 1949 our daughter Tatiana was born. The four of us lived in one 10 square meter room. We were not allotted an apartment. Apparently because of anti-Semitism, my husband couldn't find a job for a long time, even though he was just an assistant shoemaker. So he signed a contract for a job in Sakhalin, in the Far North. I stayed in Kiev alone with our child. It was very difficult to place a child in a kindergarten. I claimed that my husband had abandoned us, so I could get the status of a single mother and my daughter could go to kindergarten. In 1956 our son Efim was born. My husband died in 1996. Toward the end of his life we always celebrated the Jewish holidays.

Interview details

Interviewee: Frieda Portnaya
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Frieda Portnaya
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Kiev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
schoolgirl
after WW II:
shoemaker at a factory
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Waldman
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Vladimir Portnoy
Jewish name:
Frieda
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Kiev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1996
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Ukraine
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
student
after WW II:
Shoemaker

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