Raissa Makarevich’s grandmother Leya Golubchik

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1919
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia 1917-1922
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Yunion Studio

This is my maternal grandmother, Leya Golubchik. This picture was taken in 1919 in Kiev.

My grandmother and grandfather on my mother’s side died before I was born, so all I know about them is what my mother told me. My maternal grandfather’s first name was Fivel, his last name was Golubchik. My maternal grandmother’s name was Leya Golubchik. I don’t know her maiden name. They lived in the town of Gornostaipol in Chernigov province. Later they moved to Kiev. I don’t know exactly what my grandfather did for a living. Mamma said he owned a business, it may have been a small store. They were relatively well off. My mamma told me that my grandfather and grandmother were very religious. They attended their town's synagogue. Grandfather began each day with a prayer. He put on his tallit and tefillin. They celebrated all the religious holidays at home, and strictly observed kashrut. A Ukrainian woman, their neighbor, came to their place every Saturday to start the fire and help my grandmother around the house. On Saturdays Grandmother didn’t do anything.

Interview details

Interviewee: Raissa Makarevich
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Leya Golubchik
Decade of birth:
1860
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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