Naomi Deich's father Aron Deich

Naomi Deich's father Aron Deich
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1973
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
My father Aron Deich in 1973. The picture was taken in a photo shop in Kiev on the occasion of his 80th birthday. We had a radio at home that only broadcast regular Soviet programs. In 1973 my father's friends gave him a multi-channel radio for his birthday, and we began to listen to the Freedom and German Wave stations. We closed the door to keep it a secret from our neighbors. If one of them had reported to the KGB that we were listening to these stations, we might have faced problems and even been arrested. We got a TV much later than all our neighbors. My mother had poor sight, and my father believed that it would do her no good to watch TV. We read many samizdat books in the 1970s. [Editor's note: the term samizdat comes from the Russian 'sam' for 'self' and 'izdatelstvo' for 'publishing', it was derived from the official Soviet Gosizdat, the State Publishing House.] Samizdat literature was privately and illegally produced and circulated in the Soviet Union after Stalin's death. Before glasnost in the 1980s, this was the only way to publish anything not endorsed and censored by the government. Our parents' friends used to bring those publications to us secretly. When the weather was good we took folders with these books, which were printed on standard sheets, to read them at the bank of the Dnipro River. We read Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov and many other authors. Neither my parents nor I observed Jewish traditions. My mother died and in 1975 and my father died in 1978. They were buried in the town cemetery.

Interview details

Interviewee: Naomi Deich
Interviewer:
Elena Zaslavskaya
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Aron Deich
Year of birth:
1893
City of birth:
Radzivillovo
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1978
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Working in the humanities

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