Mark Golub's grandparants Haim and Esther Golub and their daughter Riva Petrenko

Mark Golub's grandparants Haim and Esther Golub and their daughter Riva Petrenko
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
Haim Golub, my grandfather on my father's side (left), Riva Golub, my father's younger sister (center), and my grandmother Esther Golub (right) on a photo taken in Kiev in 1945. My father's father was born in Lenino, Western Belorussia, in 1865. His family was involved in transportation, farming and in the timber felling business. My grandfather had a big family. My grandfather was recruited into the army and served at Ladyzhyn. After his service term was over he married Esther Gerbinskaya. They married in the early 1890s. They had a traditional Jewish wedding with a chuppah and all the other rituals. My grandfather owned a timber storage facility. I don't know how and when he purchased it, but he did well. He had the reputation of being a wealthy man in his town. He purchased timber and planks to sell to the villagers. It is my understanding that my grandfather was a timber specialist, but he was a poor businessman. I guess this was the role that my grandmother played, and later on my father took to it. Shortly before the revolution of 1917 my grandfather managed to win the wood cutting bid near Elsk in the vicinity of Gomel in Southern Belorussia. Jews were forbidden to participate in such bids, and a shtrohman [a proxy] acted on behalf of my grandfather. My father went to Elsk to make all the necessary arrangements for wood cutting and sawing. My father's mother, born in 1874, came from Podolia. I don't know anything about her parents. After my grandparents married my grandmother stayed at home to raise their children. She was a housewife. My grandmother had a strong character and she kept the house. My father told me that she was involved in charitable activities. My grandparents spoke Yiddish between themselves and with the children. They were also fluent in Russian and could read and write in Russian as well, and also in Yiddish. My grandfather and grandmother were truly religious people. They had their own seats at the synagogue. They observed Jewish traditions and followed the laws of kashrut. They always celebrated Jewish holidays and the Sabbath, when grandmother lit candles, and grandfather read prayers, and afterwards, the whole family ate at the festive table. My grandmother cooked the most delicious traditional food I had ever tasted. At Pesach she made the most delicious sponge cakes from matzah flour, strudels with jam, raisins and nuts, gefilte fish, chicken broth with dumplings, and stuffed chicken necks. Even during the war when special festive dishes were out of the question, my grandmother and father's sister Riva used to clean the everyday dishes with sand and ashes as required by Jewish tradition at Pesach. My grandmother observed Jewish traditions after the war, too. She was the mistress of the house.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mark Golub
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Esther Golub
Jewish name:
Genia
Year of birth:
1874
City of birth:
Podolsk province
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1953
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gerbinskaya
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1890

Other Person

Haim Golub
Jewish name:
Esther
Year of birth:
1865
City of birth:
Lenino
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1954
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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