Naum Balan and Lidia Lieberman

Naum Balan and Lidia Lieberman
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  • Photo taken in:
    Odessa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1950
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is me, in the center, and my future second wife Lidia Lieberman, on the right, and her friend Katia. This photo was taken in Odessa in 1950, on Primorski Boulevard near the colonnade of Vorontsov Palace. Lidia came to Odessa from Kherson region where she worked after finishing a medical school in Odessa. After finishing school in 1946 I entered the Electrotechnical Faculty of Odessa Communications College. I had friends in college and also visited my father's acquaintance and companion Reznik. His daughter Rita introduced me to Lidia Lieberman, a student of medical school, who was to become my wife many years later. In 1975 my first wife Elena Mazdorova and I divorced. In 1981 my acquaintances reminded me about Lidia Lieberman that used to be a friend of mine in Odessa. By that time she had also divorced her husband. Lidia lived in Odessa and worked as a lab assistant in the pathologoanatomic department of the regional hospital. I wrote her a letter and then went to see her. We resumed our relationships. Lidia came to see me in Soroki and I often visited her in Odessa. Lidia and I decided to live together in 1995. I moved to Odessa. I had to have my documents changed. Moldavian officials were helpful and so were officials in Odessa, especially when I told them that I came from Odessa. Lidia lived in a communal apartment in the center of the town. After her aunt died she inherited a one-bedroom apartment in Cheryomushki [a new district in Odessa]. We exchanged these two apartments and settled down in a new two-bedroom apartment with a balcony and all comforts in a new district of the town.

Interview details

Interviewee: Naum Balan
Interviewer:
Ludmila Grinshpoon
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2003
Odessa, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Naum Balan
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Odessa
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Lidia Lieberman
Jewish name:
Naum
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Moscow
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
after WW II:
Assistant in health care

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