Isaac and Sofia Svoisky

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  • Photo taken in:
    Nevel
    Year when photo was taken:
    1915
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Russia

These are my parents, Isaac and Sofia Svoisky. This is the wedding photo of my parents.

My father 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.

My mother was born in 1893 in Nevel. She was raised in a religious family that observed all Jewish traditions. She finished four grades of a Jewish school; her mother tongue was Yiddish. However, she spoke Russian with us children. When my brother Boris was born, he was circumcised. Then three daughters were born: Rosa, I, and Minna – everyone in the family called her Minya.

Most of the time my mother worked in day nurseries. Besides, she was a public activist and was elected delegate of the City Soviet, where she worked in the women department, responsible for solving women and children’s problems. Public activists were prohibited from going to the synagogue, but Mother sometimes attended it secretly, so that no one would find out. She also took us with her, when we were small. We celebrated only Soviet holidays at home: 7th November, 1st May. We visited our grandma on Jewish holidays.

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

Sofia Svoiskaya
Year of birth:
1893
City of birth:
Nevel
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1976
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Head of day nursery, municipal hospital matron
after WW II:
Municipal hospital matron
  • Previous family name: 
    Gendeleva
    Year of changing: 
    1915
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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