Photo taken in:MinskYear when photo was taken:1913Country name at time of photo:Russia
In this photograph we see my dad, Ilya Iosifovich Shif, at the age of 9. Next to him sits his sister Eli-Sheva, 11, and behind stands their brother Max . My father came from a big family. Everybody spoke Yiddish and Russian in his family, and the elder brothers and sisters also had a good command of German and French. All the children were close. The family was a religious one and followed all the traditions. My father, Ilya Iosifovich Shif, was born in 1904 in Minsk. From 1911 until the Revolution  he studied in a Jewish school in Minsk. From 1920 till 1926 he worked in Minsk as a worker. His sister Sore-Elka was born in 1888, and after her mother's death she took the place of a mother for the younger children. She studied in Germany like her brother Elkona, and he and she visited Minsk on vacation. Sore-Elka got married to a certain Ura. She died in 1943. My father's sister Eli-Sheva was born in 1895 and lived with her father and elder sister in Minsk. In the war they were all put in a ghetto and died in 1943.