The Jawetz family

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  • Photo taken in:
    Chernovtsy
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is a photo of our family: I?m the first from the left, then the second is my mother, Adela, in the middle is my sister Alla, then my father, Leon, and my elder sister, Lusia. The photo was taken in 1945 in Cernauti, after we returned from Uzbekistan. My parents adopted a little girl from there: Alla. My father worked at the hospital. The girl's father was at the front. Alla was born on 31st March 1942, in Kermine. She was called Haia Katzefman, and we gave her the name Alla, and then, after she moved to Israel, she got the name Haia back. I think the fact that she was Jewish was a coincidence. Her mother was hospitalized, and complained that she had a six week, or six month old child, I don't remember exactly, and my father said he would ask my mother if she wanted to take care of a child for two or three weeks. My mother agreed, and when Alla's mother died, people came to take her to an orphanage, but my parents didn't give her away. We decided to leave for Ukraine immediately after the liberation. They didn't want to release my father from the hospital; under the Russians it wasn't easy at all to change your job, but we all managed to leave. I also worked during the holidays at a shop that supplied the army with vegetables, I went to the villages, I had a cart and I gathered vegetables. When I wanted to go back to school in the eighth grade they didn't want to release me from work. I don't know how we solved it in the end, but they released me after all. We left Kermine by train in 1944. I don't remember how many times we changed the train. Generally the train was full with military on their way to the front. The trains were loaded with warfare. It was a train with several cars. I remember it was extremely crowded, we had nowhere to wash ourselves, and there were lice. I don't know where we got food from. It took us about two weeks to get home. At first we went to some relatives in Cernauti for a week, and then we went home to Hlyboka, where we lived from 1944 until 1946. Our house had a foundation for another two rooms. I remember I found an anti-tank bomb in the sand. My mother was very frightened.

Interview details

Interviewee: Fridric Iavet
Interviewer:
Oana Aioanei
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2003
Arad, Romania

KEY PERSON

Alla Jawetz
Jewish name:
Leiser ben David
Year of birth:
1942
City of birth:
Kermine
Country name at time of birth:
Uzbekistan
Year of death:
2003
City of death:
Mizra
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Katzefman
    Year of changing: 
    1942
    Reason for changing: 
    Adoption

Other Person

Leon Jawetz
Year of birth:
1899
City of birth:
Dymka
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1961
City of death:
Tel Aviv
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman
after WW II:
Assistant in health care

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