Mira Mlotok and her husband Yefim Sapozhnikov

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

I, Mira Mlotok, and my husband Yefim Sapozhnikov. The photo was made in Kiev in 1950-s.My husband and I met in Moscow… accidentally. I was going to my parents to spend vacation there (my father remained to work in the Urals) from Kiev. I had to punch a ticket. I came to the student cashier… and saw him standing there. Moscow is so big, and we bumped into each other four and a half years after seeing each other for the last time. He was given a leave and he was going to find me. First we did not recognize each other. We had not had too much time together. He was smoking a cigarette and when he recognized me he dropped it. "Mirochka?" he asked. I said, "Yes". He said, "We will never part again". So, we went to my parents together. But first we spent two wonderful days in Moscow. It was 1945 - the war ended!Can you imagine the joy my parents had when they saw us together? They liked him very much, because he was very cheerful, full of charm and kind. But I could not go to his base with him again. I was waiting for a special visa and then I went to him.At that time I was already pregnant with Lora when he left. But my pregnancy was not visible yet. In Vladivostok I even sang in a philharmonic society. Fima worked as the chief constructor at a shipbuilding works with huge naval ships. He was very talented. And his bosses characterized him in an excellent way. In our flat we had nothing, only an iron bed just like in dormitories, a small bedside table and a box in which I brought my belongings, which we used as a chair. But we had such a wonderful time together that we did not notice how empty it was in the flat.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mira Mlotok
Interviewer:
Ella Orlikova
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Mira Mlotok
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Khorol, Poltava region
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
student
after WW II:
housewife

Other Person

Yefim Sapozhnikov
Jewish name:
Yefim
Year of birth:
1915
City of birth:
Lipovets, Vinnitsa region
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1990
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Naval engineer
after WW II:
Naval engineer

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