Haya Lea Kats with her friends

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  • Photo taken in:
    Rovno
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

In this photo you see us walking in Rovno after a meeting in 'Hahamer Hazair' in 1936. I am the second from the right. First from the right is Gisya Pishaleva, my friend. We lived in the same house. Her parents rented a two-room apartment in our house. Third on the right is Hana Bokser. Hana is dressed in the uniform, which we all used to wear-- a grey shirt with pockets, a dark blue skirt. But Gisya and I are wearing dresses. I was given this photo by Gisya in Israel. It was redone from her picture. And I do not remember the girl at the left.

We enjoyed life, even though we were very poor-- at first-- and I sometimes lacked money to pay member duties to my organization. So I decided to offer my services to Jewish families as a teacher. I already was in senior classes, I taught lessons to younger schoolchildren. I received about 5 zloty for it, quite a small sum, but I earned my own money, and I didn't have to borrow from parents. Those duties were called, 'keren kaemet', and we collected money from the people too, for the help to Israel. Everyone was assigned a district, where he was to collect cash. People paid well. They all were listed in special registers and paid well.

Interview details

Interviewee: Haya-Lea Detinko
Interviewer:
Bella Shevchuk
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2002
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Haya-Lea Detinko
Jewish name:
Hava
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Rovno
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
Cutter in dressmaker's studio
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kats
    Year of changing: 
    1958
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Gisya Pishaleva
Jewish name:
Haya-Lea
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Rovno
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1980
City of death:
Jerusalem
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife

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