Leya Yatsovskaya with her husband Evsey Yatsovskiy

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  • Photo taken in:
    Balakhna
    Year when photo was taken:
    1943
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is me with my husband Evsey Yatsovskiy, when we got married. The photo was taken in Balakhna in 1943.

I received a letter from Evsey shortly after our arrival in Konstantinovo, where we were in evacuation. He asked me to go to Balakhna, Gogol oblast, where the Lithuanian division #16 was being formed. Evsey was there and he was entitled to a vacation before leaving for the front. I packed my things very quickly. I was missing him so much, as I hadn't seen him since the beginning of the war. I left quickly, but I didn't arrive there fast. In Malmyzh, I had been trying to take the train to Kazan for a couple of days, but my attempts were futile. It was impossible. I missed a lot of trains. Some marines helped me get on a passing train. I didn't manage to get on the train in Kazan either, but finally I reached Balakhna. Therefore, it took me about eight days to get there.

I didn't inform Evsey of my visit so it was a surprise. Both of us were happy to see each other safe and sound. Evsey took me to the regional marriage registration office, where we registered our marriage immediately. We didn't have neither wedding rings nor clothes or a feast. I didn't manage to put on a wedding gown and veil like I had dreamt in my childhood. War had made its adjustments. I never regretted that I became Evsey Yatsovskiy's wife. I stayed in Balakhan for three days. Then Evsey was to start work and he returned to his squad and I forced myself to leave for Konstantinovo. I went back to the orphanage being a married woman, with a new last name: Yatsovskaya.

Interview details

Interviewee: Leya Yatsovskaya
Vilnius, Lithuania

KEY PERSON

Leya Yatsovskaya
Jewish name:
Leya
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Ukmerge
Country name at time of birth:
Lithuania
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk, accountant
after WW II:
Accountant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Faingolts
    Year of changing: 
    1943
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Evsey Yatsovskiy
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Kiev
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Year of death:
1994
City of death:
Vilnius
Country of death:
Lithuania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Professional soldier
after WW II:
Lawyer

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