Haya Sasonko with friends

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  • Photo taken in:
    Beltsy
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Moldova

This is a photo of my mother Haya Peisakh (sitting on the chair) with her friend Ida (second from left - standing near mother).

On the reverse side of the photo it was possible to enter the address and send it by post.

The photo was taken in Beltsy in the 1920s.

My mother was born in 1910 in Beltsy in Bessarabia, which until 1918 belonged to Russia, and in 1918-1940, to Romania. I know about mother's childhood thanks to her certificate from the grammar school.

The certificate was given to mother as a pupil of a private Jewish grammar school in Beltsy. She entered the grammar school in August 1918 and completed her studies in July 1928.

In her youth mother had a close friend Ida Vulykh. She graduated from a conservatory in Romania. Aunt Ida compiled huge bibliographic volumes on musical composers of the whole world. It was a very hard job.

When she told me about her years of friendship with my mother she always mentioned that my mother was a very clever girl. My mother was a modern woman with a European education.

Right after graduation from the grammar school in 1928 mother went to Belgium and entered the University of Liege. She studied chemistry there.

We have a certificate of the Ministry of Science of Belgium, stating that mother passed entrance examinations to the university.

In spite of the fact that mother was from a well-to-do family and her parents could pay for her studies, my mother earned additional means as a governess, an occupation that was quite common among students.

That was the time when she acquired her skills in cooking, sewing and housekeeping for her future life. Mother could do almost any work, and wasn't afraid of any challenges in her life.

She studied well, but the emigrants had no right to participate in revolutionary activity. She studied in Belgium for two years, from 1928 to 1930, and then was expelled for participation in students' disturbances.

In France the regulations were similar at that time, but she still decided to go to France. Mother entered the Chemistry Faculty of the University of Lyon and finished it in 1934. We have her diploma as well.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alla Kolton
Interviewer:
Inna Gimila
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
Saint Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Haya Sasonko
Jewish name:
Ida
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Beltsy
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1965
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Working in the humanities
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Peisakh
    Year of changing: 
    1934
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Ida Vulykh
Jewish name:
Haya
Year of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Beltsy
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1975
City of death:
Moscow
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Musician
after WW II:
Working in the humanities

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