Libe Farbirovich with Dora and Matvey Gendlin

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  • Photo taken in:
    Roslavl, Smolensk region
    Year when photo was taken:
    1911
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is my mother Libe Farbirovich, nee Lebyan with her aunt and uncle. My mother is 14 years old here, the photo was taken in Roslavl in 1911. Aunt Dora Gendlina was ten years older than my mother, she was 24 years old; Uncle Matvey Gendlin was 26 years old. The picture was taken in a photo studio and everybody is dressed up.

In this picture my mother is 14, and the next year, in 1912, she married my father. He returned from the army and their mutual friends introduced him to her. They had their wedding at the synagogue. Father wasn’t very religious, though he prayed sometimes and attended the synagogue. I even keep his prayer book. Father was a very kind and quiet man. 

My parents had three children of their own: Divora, Milya and Chaya, that is me, born in 1921. Mother had two adopted children as well. One of her sisters died of galloping consumption and her daughter Sonya, who was several months old at the time, was left alone. And my mother’s other sister simply gave my mother her son, Vladimir, to bring up. I can’t remember why it happened. Thus my parents had five children..My parents had very good relations with their relatives. I remember Aunt Dora and Uncle Matvey Gendlin, my mother’s relatives, and Father’s sister, Aunt Riva, whom we often visited.

Interview details

Interviewee: Chaya Sakhartova
Interviewer:
Irina Vaisertreiger
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2002
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Libe Farbirovich
Jewish name:
Libe
Year of birth:
1897
City of birth:
Sukhinichi, Smolensk region
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1981
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Retail clerk
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Lebyan
    Year of changing: 
    1912
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Dora Gendlin
Jewish name:
Dora
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Sukhinichi, Smolensk region
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife

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