Lazar Seviov

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

This is my uncle Lazar Seviov at first of May demonstration. The picture was made in Tallinn in 1986.

My uncle Lazar gladly welcome soviet regime starting from the fist days. He was a convinced communist. The party enrolled uncle for 2-year party courses, upon completion of which he could get higher education in commerce required for management positions. We had studied in Leningrad for two years, and also managed to obtain diploma in economy apart from those courses. When he came back in Tallinn, he held different posts in commerce. When doctors' plot was took place Lazar was in charge of trade department by the ministry of commerce. He always worked for three people and was very strict with his subordinates. When the doctors' plot started, his subordinates stopped listening to him as they understood that he would be dismissed soon, but he was not dismissed. It was his decision to resign. Even the minister did not want to let him go. Finally, he was talked into staying. He was not touched after Stalin's death. As far as I understand, it was not so dangerous for uncle Lazar to lose his job, he feared expulsion from the party. It did not happen. Uncle was happy as at that time many Jews were fired.

Interview details

Interviewee: Morris Schiff
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2006
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Lazar Seviov
Jewish name:
Lazar
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Narva
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1992
City of death:
Tallinn
Country of death:
Estonia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Worker
after WW II:
Took management positions in commerce

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