Khaya-Leya Shein and her children

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  • Photo taken in:
    Riga
    Year when photo was taken:
    1931
    Country name at time of photo:
    Latvia
    Country name today:
    Latvia

This is my father's family. From left to right: my paternal grandmother Khaya-Leya Shein, father's brother Leib, his sister Ella Gladovskaya, and his brother Isroel. The picture was taken in Riga in 1931.

All my father’s siblings were very different in their character, but all of them were decent and well-bred. There was no noise, no arguments. All of them grew up loving and respecting their parents, whose word was the law, even when the children reached adulthood. I think that all my aunts and uncles had pre-arranged marriages, which was customary for the Jews.

My father’s eldest sister, Rohe-Gitl, was married to a doctor, Moses Levitin. They had an only son Grigoriy, or Gersh. Rohe-Gitl died at a young age, in 1919. After the time of evacuation her husband moved to Leningrad and died there when he was as old as the hills. Rohe-Gitl’s son was also a doctor and was conferred the title of ‘honored doctor.’ He was single. We didn’t keep in touch with him, and I don’t know about his fate.

Efroim’s wife Roza, or Reize, was a dentist. They had an only daughter, Ronya, who was four years younger than me. Ester married Max Gladkovskiy, a doctor. Ester had two daughters. She and my father were the only ones in the entire family who survived the war. She died in 1985. Her daughters are still alive. Leib had a son, who was approximately of my age. I don’t remember the wives and children of my father’s other brothers. Having got married Father’s sisters were housewives, taking care of the household and children. Three brothers - my father, Efroim and Leib - worked with Grandfather, the rest of the brothers had their own business.

Interview details

Interviewee: Irene Shein
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Year of interview:
2005
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Naftole-Hertz Shein
Jewish name:
Naftole-Hertz
Year of birth:
1898
City of birth:
Valga
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Tashkent
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Was involved in timbering
after WW II:
Worked in timber warehouse

Other Person

Abram Shein
Jewish name:
Abram
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Valga
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Tallinn
Country of death:
USSR
Died where:
Tallinn
Occupation
before WW II:
Entrepreneur

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