Ida Limonova's mother Rosalia Sneiderman and her sisters

Ida Limonova's mother Rosalia Sneiderman and her sisters
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1957
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
My mother, Rosalia Sneiderman, and her sisters. Nyunia is standing on the left and Zoya on the right. My mother is sitting on the left and Manya on the right. My mother is wearing a mourning gown; Nyunia and Manya came to Kiev for my father's funeral in 1957. My mother's sisters and brothers were all born in Kharkov except for her oldest brother. Manya was born 1891, Nyunia in 1894 and Zoya, the youngest one, 1899. My mother finished primary school. She was very fond of reading. Manya, Nyunia and Zoya finished grammar school. My mother's brothers and sisters weren't religious. They spoke Russian, although Yiddish was their mother tongue. I believe they might have observed some Jewish traditions to pay their respect to their parents and the past of their people. My mother was a housewife and took care of the children. She also cooked meals for students. There was an institute not far from our house and students came to buy an inexpensive and delicious homemade meal. I believe this was kosher food, because this was the only way all food was cooked in our house. My mother also did some sewing to make some extra money. She did this when the family needed it badly. When my father could provide for the family she returned to her housekeeping duties. Manya was an accountant, and Zoya worked at a state bank from the 1930s. In the beginning she worked in Kharkov. Later, when the capital was transferred from Kharkov to Kiev, she and her husband, Isaac Fidelev, who worked at the bank as well, moved to Kiev. I was very glad that I had relatives in Kiev, because the rest of my family was living in Kharkov. My parents, their brothers and sisters and both my grandfathers were there.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Rosalia Sneiderman
Jewish name:
Nyunia
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Kharkov
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1968
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gelbartovich
    Year of changing: 
    1908
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Nyunia Gelbartovich
Year of birth:
1894
City of birth:
Kharkov
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Kharkov
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Civil servant
after WW II:
Working in the humanities

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