Menachem-Nuchem Pisetski and his father-in-law Shlyoma Karasyov

Menachem-Nuchem Pisetski and his father-in-law Shlyoma Karasyov
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  • Photo taken in:
    Odessa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1903
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is my paternal grandfather Menachem-Nuchem Pisetski, standing on the left, and his father-in-law Shlyoma Karasyov. The photo was taken in Odessa in 1903. My grandfather was born to a wealthy family in Odessa in 1878. My grandfather told me that his family was very religious: they followed the kashrut and observed all Jewish holidays. My grandfather attended cheder. Since my grandfather was a tailor he went to the synagogue for tailors located in Remeslennaya Street in the center of Odessa. Shlyoma Karasyov, my maternal great-grandfather, worked as a shammash in that synagogue. Most likely, it was my great-grandfather Shlyoma who introduced my grandfather to my grandmother Riva-Zelda. I never met my great-grandfather Shlyoma; he died in the 1910s before I was born. My grandmother and grandfather got married in 1898. They had a happy marriage: in the first three years their three children were born in Odessa. In 1905 my grandfather, grandmother and their three children moved to Uman, a small provincial town in the west of Ukraine, escaping from the terrible Odessa pogrom that year. My grandfather bought a big and beautiful house with columns in the center of the town and opened a garment shop. His clients were wealthy ladies. I remember my grandfather very well: he was of average height, baldish, had a moustache, but no beard. He went to synagogue regularly. I remember that he put on his tallit and tefillin when he prayed at home. I was five then and remember that I stood beside him and kissed the cubes - tefillin, and my grandfather kissed the edges of his tallit.

Interview details

Interviewee: Baby Pisetskaya
Interviewer:
Ada Goldferb
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2003
Odessa, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Menachem-Nuchem Pisetski
Year of birth:
1878
City of birth:
Odessa
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1954
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed

Other Person

Shlyoma Karasyov
Jewish name:
Menachem-Nuchem
Decade of birth:
1860
City of birth:
Odessa
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1910
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Jewish community employee

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