Judita Haikis with her grandchildren Mikhail Goshovskiy and Yekaterina Herzog

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  • Photo taken in:
    Uzhgorod
    Year when photo was taken:
    1986
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

This is me with my grandchildren Mikhail (left) and Yekaterina (right). We had this photo taken, when I came to visit my daughter and grandchildren in Uzhgorod. I have it on the wall at my home. This photo was taken in Uzhgorod in 1986.

My husband wanted move to Kiev, his hometown from Uzhgorod. We did it in 1974. We received a 2-bedroom apartment in a new house near a lake in the Sviatoshino district in Kiev. My husband had a confirmation of his transfer of the parents’ apartment to the state and this helped a lot. My husband worked a neuropathologist in the polyclinic for scientists of the Academy of Scientists. I worked as a German and French teacher at school till I retired. I got along with my colleagues and my pupils liked me. My former pupils visit and call me. I am very glad that they do not forget me. I often visit my daughter's family in Uzhgorod and my grandchildren visit me.

In 1974 upon graduation from the University my daughter Ludmila married Miloslav Goshovskiy and moved in with her husband. Their apartment faced the central synagogue that housed the Philharmonic during the Soviet power. Miloslav is a physicist. He graduated from the Lvov Polytechnic University and worked in the Uzhgorod affiliate of the institute of nuclear research. Since the head institute was in Kiev we were hoping that they would move to Kiev. Ludmila worked as an English teacher in the children's center at the gymnasium in Uzhgorod. My granddaughter Yekaterina was born in 1978. Two years later my grandson Mikhail was born. Ludmila and her husband decided to stay in Uzhgorod. I often visit my daughter's family in Uzhgorod and my grandchildren visit me. In 2002 a terrible tragedy happened in our family. My daughter fell severely ill. She had a malicious tumor in her brain. She had a surgery, but to no avail. Nobody told me my daughter's diagnosis, and when I heard about it, she was already dying. Despite a surgery and our efforts she died in 2002, so young that she was. There will be always pain of this loss with me.

After finishing school Yekaterina entered the Historical Faculty of Uzhgorod University. Mikhail studied at the Medical Faculty in the university. My granddaughter also taught history in the Jewish Sunday school and my grandson worked as a medical brother during studies. When she was a senior student in the university, my granddaughter. After finishing the 4th year of the university my granddaughter took an academic leave and went to work in Germany for a year, to Stuttgart. She met her future husband Michael Hertzog, a German man, there. They got married. A year later Yekaterina returned to Uzhgorod, finished her studies in the university and moved in with her husband in Germany. Now she studies at the Faculty of Economics in Osnabruck. My grandson Mikhail also moved to Germany after finishing his studies.

Interview details

Interviewee: Judita Haikis
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2004
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Judita Haikis
Jewish name:
Sima
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Kosice
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
before WW II:
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Edelmann
    Year of changing: 
    1954
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Mikhail Goshovskiy
Year of birth:
1980
City of birth:
Uzhgorod
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor

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