Hel'ke Umova

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tallinn
    Year when photo was taken:
    1919
    Country name at time of photo:
    Estonia
    Country name today:
    Estonia

This is my paternal grandmother Hel'ke Umova. This photo was taken in Tallinn in 1919.

My father's parents lived in Tallinn. I don't know where exactly my grandfather and grandmother were born, but they both came from Estonia. My grandfather's name was Haim Umov, and my grandmother's name was Hel'ke. Her maiden name was Vigodskaya. My grandfather was a tailor, and he was a good one. He had wealthy clients who ordered clothes from him. My grandmother didn't work after getting married. Their family was wealthy. I didn't know any of my grandfather's relatives, but my grandmother had a brother, who lived in Tallinn. He had died before I was born, but I grew up with his son Stakh.

Grandmother Hel'ke had many children, but a few died in infancy. Six of them survived: four boys and two girls. My father Hilel was the oldest of the children that survived. He was born in 1902. After him came his sister Tsypa. The next one was Abram. Then came my father's brother Elias and his sister Zisle, but I don't know the sequence they were born in. The youngest one was Yakov.

My father's family spoke Yiddish. It goes without saying that they spoke fluent Estonian, too. My grandparents were religious. I don't know how deeply religious they were, but they observed Jewish traditions and taught their children to do so. They celebrated Jewish holidays at home and went to the synagogue together. Before 1944 there was a very beautiful choral synagogue in Tallinn.

Interview details

Interviewee: Edith Umova
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2005
Tallinn , Estonia

KEY PERSON

Hel'ke Umova
Jewish name:
Hel'ke
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1949
City of death:
Tallinn
Country of death:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Vigodskaya
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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