Isaac and Boris Svoisky

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  • Photo taken in:
    Nevel
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This photo of my dad and my brother Boris was taken in 1936 before Boris joined the army (for a fixed period).

My brother Boris was eight years older than myself. He finished seven grades of the Nevel Jewish school and left for Leningrad to continue his studies. He graduated from the Refrigeration Technical School, came back to Nevel and studied by correspondence at the Leningrad Refrigeration Institute. He served for a fixed period in the Soviet army in the Far East in the city of Blagoveschensk. He was demobilized right before the war and continued to work and study. On 22nd June 1941 our whole family was gathered together. We were happily making plans. Rosa was trying on new shoes. Suddenly we heard on the radio that the war had started. The next day Boris left for the front as a volunteer.

My father, Isaac Borisovich Svoisky, was born in Lobino in Pskov province in 1888. He finished cheder and his mother tongue was Yiddish. He worked as a carpenter in a carpenter’s shop. He was a very handsome man. Later he moved to Nevel alone and met his wife to be, my mother, there.

During World War I my father served as a soldier in the Tsar’s Army. However, after he was wounded he managed to return to Nevel and in 1915 he married my mother. The wedding was with a chuppah, according to Jewish tradition, as my mother told me. But it was done mostly under the influence of my mom and her parents, who were very religious. Father, as I recall, was not religious, really. I don’t remember him praying.
 

Interview details

Interviewee: Tatiana Nemizanskaya
Interviewer:
Lyudmila Lyuban
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2002
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Isaac Svoisky
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Lobino village, Pskov province
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Nevel
Country of death:
USSR
Died where:
Nevel
Occupation
before WW II:
Joiner

Other Person

Boris Svoisky
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Nevel
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Nevel
Country of death:
USSR
Died where:
Nevel
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer, military

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