Jemma Grinberg's father Moisey Grinberg and mother Hana Deich

Jemma Grinberg's father Moisey Grinberg and mother Hana Deich
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1925
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
My father Moisey Grinberg and my mother, Anna Deich. This photo was taken in Kiev in 1925. In 1925, my mother, Anna Deich, who, I would say, was an emancipated girl, saw a photo of my father while she was visiting his sister Rosa, who was her friend. Mother liked him a lot and wrote him a letter including her address. They corresponded with one another through letters for a whole year before they met. Then, when they finally did meet, they fell in love with each other. In 1925 my father was arrested for some reason and was imprisoned for a few months. When he was released, my parents realized that they couldn't live without each other and got married. I mean, they just began to live together, because civil registration was considered to be a vestige of the past. My mother was a very progressive girl, and she 'chose' a husband for herself, as she liked to joke. She was very much in love with her husband. She didn't hide her feelings and used to kiss and hug him in our presence. Only now have I come to understand how progressive her conduct was, considering that she was born into a provincial Jewish family. My father was very shy. He loved his wife dearly, but he was ashamed of her demonstrative emotions, especially when she expressed them in our presence. My parents didn't have an apartment until 1936 and they moved from one place to another. At first my mother worked at a home for retarded children, but as soon as she got pregnant she quit the job.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jemma Grinberg
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Moisey Grinberg
Jewish name:
Leya
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Radzivillovo
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1942
City of death:
near Moscow
Country of death:
Russia
Died where:
near Moscow
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher

Other Person

Anna Deich
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Vinnitsa
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1982
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher
after WW II:
Civil servant

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