Inessa Vitkina’s mother's childhood friend

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  • Photo taken in:
    Šiauliai
    Year when photo was taken:
    1916
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Lithuania

Rieva Shwartz, my mother's childhood friend. In 1933 she moved to Palestine.
Her childhood friend Rieva Shwartz from Yanishki moved in with her. Rieva was the same age as mama. She also got fond of the revolutionary movement. They were both good at organizing things, lectured in revolutionary clubs and spoke for the Soviet power. My grandmother died in 1933. She was buried at the Jewish cemetery in Vilnius. Soon after she died Leya and Rieva got arrested by Lithuanian authorities for their trade union and revolutionary activities. They were imprisoned. Lithuanian authorities released them under condition that they would leave Lithuania immediately. Rieva went to Palestine and Rieva never heard about her any more.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Rieva Shwartz
Jewish name:
Rieva
Year of birth:
1901
City of birth:
Yanishki, Shauliai district Vilen region
Country name at time of birth:
Lithuania
Country of death:
Israel
Occupation
before WW II:
workman of printing house, trade-union activist

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