Lazar Perlman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Saldus
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Latvia

This is my husband's father Lazar (Leizer) Perlman. This photo was taken in Saldus in the 1900s.

My husband Iosif Perlman was born in Saldus, Latvia, in 1901. His father's name was Leizer Perlman, and his mother's name was Braine. I don't know what his father did for a living, but his mother was a housewife. There were seven children in the family. I don't remember his older brother's name. He moved to Palestine in the late 1910s. Then there were the daughters Sofia and Mary, and the sons Henrich, Benno, Zvi and my future husband Iosif, the youngest in the family.

Their family was a religious Jewish family. The boys studied in cheder till the age of 13, when they had their bar mitzvah. All children finished a gymnasium. During the tsarist time Sofia and her father moved to Moscow. Sofia was going to enter the Moscow University, and her father went with her to support her there. However, they had no opportunity to return to Latvia due to the revolution in Russia, when Latvia became an independent state in 1918. Residents of the Soviet Russia were not allowed to travel to Latvia or even correspond with their relatives. They stayed in Moscow and did not see the rest of their family before 1940, when Latvia was annexed to the Soviet Union. Iosif and his brother Henrich went to visit them there. 

Iosif's father Leizer Perlman died in Moscow in 1941, shortly before the war began. He was buried at the Vostriakovskoye Jewish cemetery in Moscow. The rest of the family have no graves. There is only a memorial at the place where they were shot. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Ella Perlman
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2005
Riga, Latvia

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