Inessa Vitkina, her sister Lidia and his friend

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  • Photo taken in:
    Grozny
    Year when photo was taken:
    1939
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

My sister Lidia Koshkina and I, Inessa Vitkina, and our friend - my father's driver, a young Chechen.
My sister and I also had an adult friend. He was my father's driver, a young Chechen man. He was a very nice man and he loved children. My father got angry with him once, although it was my fault. The driver was waiting for my father and I asked him to give a ride to other children, out friends which he did. My father didn't want us, children of secretary of the regional party committee secretary (this was the most respectable and important position in town) to enjoy anything that other people couldn't afford. He didn't even allow himself to have what others didn't have. He had one leather jacket that he was wearing his whole life. He had one suit. Later Mama made me a skirt from it. He was one of those communists that were convinced that they didn't have a right to afford themselves what other people didn't have. Once the Party committee delivered strawberries to all its employees and mama accepted it. But Papa made Mama take all berries to the kindergarten. My sister and I were no different from other children in our yard. Maybe our toys were a little better, because our father was deputy of the Supreme Soviet and went to Moscow often. He brought us toys from there but we always shared them with other children.

Interview details

Interviewee: Inessa Vitkina
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2002

KEY PERSON

Inessa Vitkina
Year of birth:
1933
City of birth:
Moscow
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
pupil
after WW II:
Senior engineer, Siberian Division of the Academy of Sciences

Other Person

Lidia Koshkina
Year of birth:
1934
City of birth:
Voznesenka, Malgobeksky district, Grozny region
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
child
after WW II:
Metrological engineer

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