Leo Lubich’s mother Malka Lubich

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  • Photo taken in:
    Izhevsk
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    Soviet Union
    Country name today:
    Russia

My mother Malka Lubich in evacuation in Izhevsk, photographed to give pictures to her children. The photo she gave us was signed on the back, "To children Rosa and Leo from Mama, 11 March 1945, Izhevsk."

In August 1941 my parents, sister Maria and her son David, and my brother Jacob and his daughter Nelia evacuated to Izhevsk. In Izhevsk my parents, my sister and brother stayed in a big four-room apartment in the center of the town that uncle Boris arranged for them. He also helped my father get a good job: Director of the Special Military Trade Agency. My father had tailor, shoe, and hosiery shops under his guise. My father got a good salary and received special food packages. As a result, we didn’t starve like many others in evacuation.

In 1945 my parents, Maria, Jacob and their children left for Kiev. My parents lived in their apartment with Maria and her son until they received their own in the 1960s. My father went to the synagogue in Podol after the war. My parents celebrated all the Jewish holidays like they had before the war. They were pensioners and helped Maria with the house. I visited them once in two or three years during my vacation. My father died in the early 1960s and my mother passed away in the 1970s when she was ninety years old. They were both buried in the Jewish section of the town cemetery - there were no Jewish customs followed.

Interview details

Interviewee: Leo Lubich
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2002
Lvov, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Malka Lubich
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Zhytomir region
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Soviet Union
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gandlina
    Year of changing: 
    1908
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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