Galina Levina with her father, Moses Markman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Leningrad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1934
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is a photo of my father Moses Markman, holding me, Galina Markman, his only daughter. It was taken in 1934 in Leningrad just after I was born.

My mother got to know my father just after they came to Leningrad, straight at their home. The point was that in this communal apartment, where my grandparents settled, my paternal grandparents lived, too, they lived there together with their numerous children, including my father.

My Dad, Moses Markman, was a very handsome man, huge, very tall, with wonderful, gorgeous hair and big eyes. He even had to order his personal shoes. Then there were very few such tall people, and at a small factory, called ‘Skorokhod,’ they made shoes for those, whose size was bigger than 42. And even though my mother was of a very modest appearance, she wasn’t nice or tall, she was much smaller than him and reached only his shoulder, still he liked her, and they got married. It happened in May 1933. I know nothing about their wedding; my parents never recalled it or talked about it. I was born in 1934.

In my childhood I was a very nice and good-looking girl, my childhood photos even hang in the art photo studio on Nevsky Prospekt. My parents dressed me well, Mother sewed and knitted. Also I had splendid long hair, and just after the war started, they cut it. This happened while I was going to another kindergarten, attached to my Mom’s factory.

Interview details

Interviewee: Galina Levina
Interviewer:
Nika Parhomovskaya
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2003
Saint Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Galina Levina
Year of birth:
1934
City of birth:
Leningrad
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
after WW II:
Engineer
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Markman
    Year of changing: 
    1964
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Moses Markman
Year of birth:
1907
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Country of death:
Russia
Died where:
On the front
Occupation
before WW II:
Civil servant

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