Rachel Randvee

Rachel Randvee
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  • Photo taken in:
    Tallinn
    Year when photo was taken:
    1949
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Estonia
In this photograph I am 20 years old. It was taken in Tallinn in 1949. Upon my return to Tallinn after evacuation, I went to work. Although I had only finished seven years of school I found employment as a manager's secretary at a large factory. I entered the eighth year of a school for adults and had my classes in the evenings after work. In 1954, I finished secondary school. I didn't work while my children were small. I decided not to waste time and went to university to study foreign languages. For an entire year I applied myself to serious studies at a university preparatory course, then successfully passed my entrance examinations, however, my application was refused. I was told that the foreign language department was not intended for children of public enemies. It was extremely vexing. When my son Riho started school I went to work at the large book-store in the department of foreign literature. Before that, I was tested for my command of the German language. It was an interesting job, but a few years later my sister's relative, who managed a manufactured goods warehouse, persuaded me to change my work place. He was looking for an honest person to supervise a jewelry stockroom. I assented. The job was a very important one; in the stockroom there were great valuables. I was in a constant state of nervous strain. After 16 years of this work the doctors advised that I should do a more tranquil type of job. For the last 10 years before I retired I worked as an inspector at a knitting mill.

Interview details

Interviewee: Rachel Randvee
Interviewer:
Emma Gofman
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2003
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Rachel Randvee
Jewish name:
Riva
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Tallinn
Country name at time of birth:
Estonia
Occupation
after WW II:
Retail clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Tsivian
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Gershanovich
    Year of changing: 
    1955
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage

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