Miriam Dobrysh

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tartu
    Year when photo was taken:
    1935
    Country name at time of photo:
    Estonia
    Country name today:
    Estonia

This is my mother Miriam Dobrysh. The picture was taken in Tartu in 1935.

Mother’s parents lived in Tallinn. Grandfather was a cobbler, Grandmother was a housewife. She raised five children. The eldest, Isaac, was born in 1905 and the second, Hirsh, in 1907. Mother’s third brother, Pesach, was born in 1910. My mother Miriam-Deborah was born in 1913 and the youngest, Sheine, in 1916.

All children got good education. My mother and her sister finished the German lyceum in Tallinn, studied music.

My parents met in Tallinn. Father came from Tartu to their acquaintances in Tallinn, and met mother there. It was not a pre-arranged meeting. They simply met in the place of people both of them knew. As far as I understand, Grandmother was very authoritarian and Mother was happy to get married and get away from Grandmother’s control. My parents got married on 25th December 1933, on Christmas. They had three days off and took advantage of that. They had a traditional Jewish wedding under the chuppah. After getting married, Mother moved to Tartu from Tallinn.

My parents didn’t have their own house. They rented apartments. Before the war, within six and a half years, we changed four apartments. Our last apartment was in the center of Tartu, in front of the theater. The house was destroyed during the war. There is nothing in that place now. There is only grass. We lived in a large apartment, consisting of five rooms. Father worked for the merchant Bakst. Mother was a housewife after getting married. I was born on 14th December 1934. They named me Avi. I am an only child.

Interview details

Interviewee: Avi Dobrysh
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2005
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Miriam Dobrysh
Jewish name:
Miriam-Deborah
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Tallinn
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1984
City of death:
Tallinn
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Died where:
Tallinn
Occupation
before WW II:
Official
after WW II:
Official
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Meyertal
    Year of changing: 
    1933
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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