Paskevich

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  • Photo taken in:
    Odessa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1907
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Umanskiy photo studio

This is Moisey Krakovskiy, my grandfather on my mother's side, who was a professor at Odessa University. The photo was taken in Odessa in 1907.

My mother, Musia Moiseyevna Krakovskaya, was born in Odessa in 1908. Her father Moisey Krakovskiy, born in the 1860s, was a professor at Odessa University. He died in 1907 before my mother was born. My mother’s family was religious. They celebrated Jewish holidays and Sabbath. My mother remembered how they celebrated Pesach: the whole family got together at the table, my grandfather said a prayer and my grandmother lit the candle and cooked traditional food: stuffed fish, chicken, strudel with raisins and nuts. My grandfather went to the synagogue regularly and prayed.

My grandfather died leaving my grandmother with many children to feed. I don’t know how many children they had in total. I only knew two of them: Ilia, born in 1904 – he lived in Odessa, worked as an electrician and died in the 1950s – and Yelizaveta, born in 1906. She lived in Kiev and was a pharmacist. She died in the 1960s. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Yuriy Paskevich

KEY PERSON

Moisey Krakovskiy
Decade of birth:
1860
City of birth:
Odessa
Country name at time of birth:
Ukraine
Year of death:
1907
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Lecturer at Odessa University

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