Inna Rajskaya's father, aunt and uncle: Ilya Iosifovich Shif, Eli-Sheva Shif, and Max Shif.

Inna Rajskaya's father, aunt and uncle: Ilya Iosifovich Shif,  Eli-Sheva Shif, and  Max Shif.
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  • Photo taken in:
    Minsk
    Year when photo was taken:
    1913
    Country 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 [1917] 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.

Interview details

Interviewee: Inna Rajskaya
Interviewer:
Bella Shevchuk
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2001
Saint Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Ilya Shif
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Minsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Leningrad
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant
after WW II:
Director of a shop

Other Person

Eli-Sheva Shif
Year of birth:
1895
City of birth:
Minsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Minsk
Died where:
Minsk
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
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