Mira Rivkina

Mira Rivkina
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  • Photo taken in:
    Gomel
    Year when photo was taken:
    1972
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Belarus
This is a photograph of my mother Mira Rivkina. It was taken in 1972 in Gomel at the entrance of our house. In 1910, my father married my mother. She was born in 1888. She also lived in Khotimsk. My parents had six sons and one daughter, and I was the youngest. Aunt Mussya, my mother's only sister, lived with us. My mother was always busy because of the large family. Our family lived a traditional Jewish life: all Jewish holidays were celebrated. We celebrated Sabbath according to the Jewish traditions. My mother didn't wear a wig, she only tied a kerchief round her head, and lit candles on Friday evenings. My grandmother wore a wig. We had a photo of my grandmother, and I asked my mother, 'What does grandmother have on her head?' And my mother answered, 'She wears a wig.' My grandmother died when my mother was a bride-to-be, and therefore it was necessary to postpone her wedding. I remember quite well that my mother always cooked tasty meals for Jewish holidays. For Sukkot we built a sukkah in the courtyard near the back entrance. I remember that for some reason during Sukkot it was always raining. My mother carried meals into the sukkah, and the children were carefully dressed in order to keep dry. We didn't stay in the sukkah for very long and hurried back into the house, because of the rain. My mother observed the kashrut strictly until her last days.

Interview details

Interviewee: Rachel Rivkina
Interviewer:
Lev Aizenshtat
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2004
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Mira Rivkina
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Khotimsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1973
City of death:
Gomel
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Slutsker
    Year of changing: 
    1910
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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