Raisa Shulyakovskaya with her daughter Alvina Shevyolkina

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  • Photo taken in:
    Anapa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1953
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This photo of me, Raisa Shulyakovskaya, and my daughter, Alvina Shevyolkina, was taken in 1953, when we were on holiday in Anapa, on the Black Sea coast.

My husband’s name was Fyodor Petrovich Shevyolkin, a Russian, who came from a village, a common fellow from Vologda region, born in 1907. My husband was a naval officer, he was a commander. I was a technologist-engineer by profession.We got married in 1935, when I was a fifth-year student.

My daughter Alvina was born in Vladivostok in 1937. I left Vladivostok when Alvina was six months old. I ‘wanted to go to Europe,’ as it was called there, and left for Minsk. That was in 1938 and in 1939 I came back to Leningrad.

My daughter Alvina didn’t get married for a long time, until she was 27 years old, she turned everybody down, and finally she married a fellow from Vologda, similar to my husband.

Before she invited him home, I told her, ‘You wanted to find someone who is your intellectual equal.’ And she replied, ‘Well, he absorbs everything like a sponge, I will educate him.’ She bought him books on rhetoric, which taught him how to talk. Alvina graduated from the Medical Institute and worked on the artificial kidney project. She was very talented and spoke English fluently.

Interview details

Interviewee: Raisa Shulyakovskaya
Interviewer:
Natalya Golysheva
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2001
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Raisa Shulyakovskaya
Year of birth:
1912
City of birth:
Slutsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Technologist-engineer
after WW II:
Scientific associate

Other Person

Alvina Shevyolkina
Year of birth:
1937
City of birth:
Vladivostok
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Biochemist

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