Haya Lea Kats with her sister Hava

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  • Photo taken in:
    Rovno
    Year when photo was taken:
    1932
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

Here we are dressed up for Purim in oriental costumes, with jugs, and we danced as well as we could. These costumes I sewed myself. My sister Hava helped me. When I was a girl, I presented this photo to my friend Sara Shenfeld, who now lives in Israel. She returned it to me when I was in Israel in 1989, and I am very happy about that, because I had no photos after the camp and the Holocaust. On the reverse side there is an inscription in Hebrew that I presented that photo to Sara: 'For eternal memory to my good friend Sara from Hava and Haya. 1932.'

As a child, I developed an appreciation for clothing, and most everything we had was sewn for us by a dressmaker who mother knew personally. I loved to go with Mum to try the dresses on, and that's when I developed a liking to sewing. When I studied in junior classes, the older pupils started to entice us to various school organizations.

I liked the idea of 'HAshomer Hazair,' or 'The Young Watchman'. When I joined it, we were called 'bnei mitbar,' meaning 'The children of desert', and all wore square kerchiefs with a band on our heads. At school we used to embroider special stars on our berets with glossy threads. Apart from sessions in grammar school we used to attend to the meetings of these organizations. My brother chose 'Beitar' and 'Òumpel Dor'. He liked the full-dress uniform, in which he looked like a warrior. We were wearing those kerchiefs, and my brother - his uniform and a whistle on his neck.

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

Hava Blikh
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Rovno
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Year of death:
1960
City of death:
Petakh-Tikva
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Medical assistant
  • Previous family name: 
    Kats
    Year of changing: 
    1935
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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