Gerta Halperin and family

Gerta Halperin and family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Tukkum
    Year when photo was taken:
    1903
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Latvia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    unknown
This is a photo of my mother, Gerta Halperin, nee Gerson (second from left) and her family, taken in Tukkum in 1903: My maternal great-grandmother, Jossel Hirshev Kramer (1843-?) (third from left) and great-grandfather Rosa Mendel Kramer (1855-1930s) (fifth from left) had thirteen children, whom you can see here. They come from Tukkum, Kurlandia. They were engaged in grain wholesale in as well as brewing. My mum's father, Leibe Gerson, a Tukkum native, died in an epidemic in 1919 and my grandmother Rebecca Gerson, nee Kramer (fifth from the left in second row) remained behind with eight children. My mother was the eldest. She was born in Tukkum in 1899, studied in a German school and spoke good Latvian. In 1915, when Jews were evicted from Kurlandia, she found herself in Yaroslavl, Russia, and finished a Russian grammar school. It's interesting that she didn't know a single word of Russian before that. She was so good in Russian that during the war she worked as a typist in the town of Semipalatinsk, and after the war she was a typist at the Ministry of Dairy and Meat Industries. In the employment records she was filed as an economist in order to authorize the managers to pay her more because she was an expert typist. My mother's recollections of Yaroslavl were very warm. After living in Tukkum, Yaroslavl seemed to be a capital to her. She often recalled Volkovsky theater and public performances by the poet Igor Severyanin, whom my mother was chasing barefoot in winter.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lia German
Interviewer:
Svetlana Kovalchuk
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2001
Riga, Latvia

KEY PERSON

Gerta Halperin
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Tukkum
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Riga
Country of death:
Latvia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gerson
    Year of changing: 
    1924
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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