Ida Limonova with her older son Yuri Shafir

Ida Limonova with her older son Yuri Shafir
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1949
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
My older son Yuri Shafir and I. The photo was taken in Kiev on 8th March in 1949. [8th March is Women's Day, widely celebrated in the Soviet Union.] In May 1936 my son, Yuri Shafir, was born. I hired a babysitter and continued to work [as an editor work for the children's newspapers, Na zminu]. Yuri lost his father in 1942 at the age of 6. I returned to Kiev [from evacuation] in spring 1944. At the beginning of 1945 I received a room (20 square meters) in this same building and my father, mother and Yuri could come from Chkalov to Kiev. Everyone celebrated Victory Day on 9th May 1945. I did, too, grieving for my husband, though. We were happy to have my father with us. I had worked with the Perets magazine for a year when I got a job offer from the children's magazine Barvinok. Actually, I was supposed to establish this magazine. I had recently become a party member, was very enthusiastic about building a new life and overwhelmed with patriotic feelings. I worked with the Barvinok magazine for 27 years. During the time in evacuation my father told Yuri a lot about Jewish holidays and made him a Chanukkah dreidel on Chanukkah. He also made him a rattle [for Purim]. My son was the one who had these toys, and other children borrowed them from him to play. My father taught Yuri to do many things: fix household appliances, do some carpeting and metalwork. My son became a very handy and hard-working man. . Yuri went to school. He studied very well. He finished school with a gold medal in 1953. It was also taken into consideration that his father had perished at the front. He was admitted to the Polytechnic Institute. Yuri married his fellow student, a pretty blonde girl called Julia, in 1957. She came from Melitopol. She had a Jewish mother and a Ukrainian father. They had a wedding in autumn, and in spring they graduated from the Institute and got a job at the Zaporozhye transformer plant. In 1957 my father died, 11 years later my mother passed away. Yuri worked at this plant for 44 years. He designed transformers that were in demand at foreign markets, but he didn't go abroad to advertise his products. He wasn't allowed to because of his nationality. I felt so unhappy about this. Yuri always identified himself as a Jew and has always been interested in Jewish culture and history.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ida Limonova
Interviewer:
Inna Zlotnik
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Ida Limonova
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Kharkov
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Journalist/editor
after WW II:
Journalist/editor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Sneiderman
    Year of changing: 
    1935
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Shafir
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

Other Person

Yuri Shafir
Jewish name:
Ida
Year of birth:
1936
City of birth:
Kiev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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