Isaac Rozenfain and his family

Isaac Rozenfain and his family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kishinev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1956
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Moldova
This is my family. This photo was taken in Kishinev in 1956. From left to right: I, my son Sergei Berezovskiy (standing), my son Oleg Berezovskiy and my wife Lubov Berezovskaya. I married Lubov Berezovskaya in 1947. She was an accountant in our construction department. I think she is the most beautiful woman I've ever met in my life. Our son Sergei was born in 1947. In 1954 our second son Oleg was born. When we moved back from Orhei we received a two-bedroom apartment. We bought our first TV set, 'Temp', with a built-in tape recorder and a wireless. I was offered a plot of land to build a house, but neither my wife nor I wanted it. My mother-in-law lived in a one-bedroom apartment. We exchanged her one-bedroom and our two-bedroom apartment for a three-bedroom apartment in Botanica. My mother-in-law lived with us, helping us about the house and with the children. We hardly observed any Jewish traditions in our family. I entered the extramural Faculty of Industrial and Civil Construction of Moscow Construction College. I defended my diploma in Moscow. By the time of finishing the college I was a construction site superintendent. A construction site included two to three sites. I was in charge of the construction of a few apartment buildings, kindergartens, a shoe factory, a leather factory, a factory in Orhei and a fur factory in Belzi. Occasionally, when walking across town I think: this is mine and this one as well. Our family was very close. Our sons got along well. In 1954 Sergei went to the first grade. He studied in a general secondary school. Oleg was seven years younger and Sergei always patronized him. He was in the seventh grade, when Oleg started school. After school Sergei finished the Electrotechnical and Oleg the Construction Faculty of the Polytechnic College. My sons adopted my wife's surname of Berezovskiy. They are Russian and there was no pressure on my wife's side about this. I gave my consent willingly since it was easier to enter a higher educational institution with the surname of Berezovskiy rather than Rozenfain. As for me, I never faced any anti-Semitism at work. Everything was just fine at my workplace. Always! My wife Lubov was a kind person. She was always kind to people. We lived almost 50 years together and not a single swearword passed her lips. We never had any rows and I believe I had a happy family life.

Interview details

Interviewee: Isaac Rozenfain
Interviewer:
Nathalia Fomina
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2004
Chisinau, Moldova

KEY PERSON

Isaac Rozenfain
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Kishinev
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
before WW II:
Superintendent of construction sites
after WW II:
Superintendent of construction sites

Other Person

Lubov Berezovskaya
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Kharkov
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1998
City of death:
Kishinev
Country of death:
Moldova
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant

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