Golda Margolina and her friend

Golda Margolina and her friend
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  • Photo taken in:
    Borispol
    Year when photo was taken:
    1915
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is my mother, Golda Margolina (nee Efest), on the left with one of her friends. The photo was taken in Borispol, Kiev region, on 24th September 1915. My mother was born in 1896. After their parents died the children were taken to my grandparents numerous relatives' families living in various towns. My mother was raised in the family of my grandmother's sister Shyfra, who lived in Borispol. I don't know anything about my mother's childhood. I was too small to ask questions and when I grew up there was nobody to ask. My parents lived in the same street in Borispol and knew each other since childhood. They got married in 1917. I don't know whether they had a traditional Jewish wedding. They were both beautiful. My father had a small thoroughly trimmed beard. He didn't have payes. He wore dark suits, light shirts and ties. He wore a hat outside and a yarmulka at home. My mother didn't wear a wig and she didn't wear a shawl either. She had beautiful thick hair that she wore in a knot. She wore common clothes. My parents lived with Grandmother Shyfra and her husband in their house in Borispol. Their children had their own families at that time and left their parents' home. After bandits attacked them and killed my grandfather and my father's brother Shaya my parents didn't want to stay in Borispol and moved to Sumy, a town in the northeast of Ukraine,about 350 kilometers from Kiev. They decided for Sumy since some relatives of my mother lived in this town, but I didn't know any of them. I cannot say what my father did for a living in Sumy, either. I can vaguely remember my mother. When I was a bit over three years old she died at childbirth. This happened on 6th April 1924. The baby was stillborn. They were both buried in the Jewish cemetery in Sumy.

Interview details

Interviewee: Agnessa Margolina
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2003
Uzhgorod, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Golda Margolina
Year of birth:
1896
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1924
City of death:
Sumy
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Efest
    Year of changing: 
    1917
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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