Leib Kogan with his father Gersh Kogan

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  • Photo taken in:
    Chernovtsy
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

This is my father Leib Kogan with my grandfather Gersh Kogan. The woman and the girl are their close relatives, but I don't know their names. The photo was taken in Chernovtsy in the 1880s. 

My grandfather was born in the town of Zinkovtsy, Podolsk province, in the 1850s. My grandfather’s family was religious. They observed all Jewish traditions and my father was raised religiously. In the pictures I have of my grandfather, he wears traditional Jewish clothes, a beard and payot and a yarmulka or a hat. I don’t know what my grandfather did for a living. He died in the 1890s. 

My grandmother was born in the 1850s. I don’t know her first name or her maiden name. She was a housewife. My grandmother died in the early 1880s, when my father was a small boy. Besides my father my grandparents had two sons and a daughter from what I know. 

My father was born in Zinkovtsy in 1873. He studied at cheder for three years. After my grandmother died he went to work as a servant for a wealthy Jew in the town. In the late 1880s, when he was 15, he moved to some relatives in Odessa. He became an apprentice of a typesetter at the printing house of the publisher Kozman. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Mirrah Kogan
Interviewer:
Natalia Fomina
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2003
Odessa, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Leib Kogan
Jewish name:
Leib
Year of birth:
1873
City of birth:
Zinkovtsy, Podolsk province
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
USSR
Died where:
Odessa
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts

Other Person

Gersh Kogan
Jewish name:
Gersh
Decade of birth:
1850
City of birth:
Zinkovtsy, Podolsk province
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1890
City of death:
Zinkovtsy, Podolsk province
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II

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