Gitlia Vollerner's dentist diploma

Gitlia Vollerner's dentist diploma
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1916
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is the dentist diploma issued to Gitlia Tetelbaum by the Emperor's University of Saint Vladimir in Kiev. My mother died during the epidemic of Spanish flu in 1915. In 1916 my father married my mother's cousin, Gitlia Tetelbaum. I've never called her stepmother, not even in my thoughts. My brother and I called her our second mother. Gitlia's parents lived in Tulchin before they moved to Odessa in the 1910s. I don't know why they moved. Gitlia's father, Moishe-Haim Tetelbaum, was my paternal grandfather's brother. He was born in Tulchin. Gitlia was born in 1892. She studied at the dentistry school in Kiev for four years. After finishing this school she passed a state exam at the Medical Faculty of the Royal University of Saint Vladimir to receive a doctor's diploma that gave her the right to practice medicine. According to Gitlia's passport, signed by a rabbi, 'Gitlia Tetelbaum, a 24-year-old, dentist, married on 22nd June 1916 Khanin-Liepa Vollerner, a 36-year-old widower, dentist'. They had a traditional Jewish wedding with a rabbi and a chuppah arranged by Gitlia's parents in Odessa. After the wedding the newly-weds moved to Kiev. Gitlia was a housewife and a loving mother for me and my brother. She didn't have children of her own. My parents weren't particularly religious, but they observed Jewish traditions. They didn't follow the kashrut. I remember that when my grandfather Yankel came to visit us Gitlia showed him dishes for dairy products and for meat products, but she just pretended that we had separate utensils. We always celebrated Sabbath at home. Gitlia lit candles and said a prayer. We prayed for the health and wealth of our family and relatives and sat down for a festive dinner.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sophia Vollerner
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2003
Chernovtsy , Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Gitlia Vollerner
Year of birth:
1892
City of birth:
Tulchin
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
Alopaevsk
Country of death:
Russia
Died where:
Alopaevsk
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Tetelbaum
    Year of changing: 
    1916
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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