Lev Drobyazko's uncle, mother's brother Yosif Vaisblat.

Lev Drobyazko's uncle, mother's brother Yosif Vaisblat.
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  • Photo taken in:
    Moscow
    Year when photo was taken:
    1958
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia
My Uncle Yosif Vaisblat, my mother's brother. He was born in 1897 in Malin. The photo was taken in 1958. Uncle Yosif was born in 1897, and in 1920 or 1922 he graduated from the arts college with honors. He thus 'broke the tradition' of Nukhim's children, most of whom became either dentists or doctors. His older brothers did not like such behavior from a younger brother, and tried so hard to exert their influence on Yosif, that he had to leave his family and Kiev in 1922 and go to Moscow to pursue his vocational interest. In Moscow Yosif graduated from the Artistic Institute. Prior to the war he was a famous Soviet artist, who had his own studio in Moscow and exhibitions almost every year. From 1941 through 1945 he lived in Kuibyshev, working as an artist and teaching several children's and youths? arts clubs. After the war he returned to Moscow and then to Kiev, but in 1950 he was sent to the GULAG. We still have no idea what he was arrested for. Probably, for a bad joke. According to the article, in keeping with which he was condemned, he had to serve a sentence of ten years hard labor in Kolyma (East of Russia). Fortunately, he spent only five years there, because times had changed and he was released in 1956, not after rehabilitation, but for the then customary definition - 'for health reasons'. From 1958 he lived outside Moscow, working as a painter. He even married. During the day he was a happy man who smiled a lot. Only his relatives knew that at night he either could not sleep, or cried in his sleep. He lived to the age of 82, and if not for the camp, he would probably have lived much longer. He had no children.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lev Drobyazko
Interviewer:
Tatyana Chaika
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2001
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Yosif Vaisblat
Year of birth:
1897
City of birth:
Malin
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1979
City of death:
Moskow
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
artist
after WW II:
artist

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