Osip Hotinskiy with his parents Yakov Hotinskiy and Nina Hotinskaya

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  • Photo taken in:
    Moscow
    Year when photo was taken:
    1921
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia, 1917-1921
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is our family photograph.

From left to right: my father Yakov Hotinskiy, I and my mother Nina Hotinskaya, nee Schukina. This photo was taken in Moscow in 1921.

I don't know when or how my parents got married. When I was born they lived in Moscow. I was born in Moscow in December 1919.

My parents named me Osip. Since my parents were atheists they didn't arrange any religious ceremonies with regards to my birth. I was a baby when my father was sent to Kharkov in connection with his party activities.

This happened during the Civil War. I cannot remember anything about our life in Kharkov.

In 1925 our family moved to Moscow. My parents received an apartment, luxurious for that time, on 2 Clementovskiy Lane in the center of Moscow: actually, they received two adjacent rooms in a five-bedroom shared apartment.

I have dim memories about my father. He died in 1927. His premature death probably rescued me and Mama from arrests later.

When I was small, Mama worked in the Central Supervisory Commission. She went to work early in the morning and returned home late at night.

At first my grandmother stayed with us taking care of me, but all other children wanted Grandmother to move to them and Mama hired a housemaid.

When I was old enough, Mama sent me to the kindergarten. Our housemaid or my grandmother picked me from the kindergarten in the evening.

I could hear Mama's voice through my sleep, when she came home late at night. Mama believed that work was beyond everything else, particularly the party work, and I was growing up a self-sufficient child.

Interview details

Interviewee: Osip Hotinskiy
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Moscow, Russia

KEY PERSON

Osip Hotinskiy
Year of birth:
1919
Decade of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Moscow
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Military
after WW II:
Military

Other Person

Nina Hotinskaya
Jewish name:
Nehama
Year of birth:
1892
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Parichi
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1952
City of death:
Moscow
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Party worker
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Schukina
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910

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