Raissa Makarevich’s mother Dvoira Makarevich

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1914
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia pre 1917
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

This is my mother, Dvoira Makarevich, née Golubchik. Written on the back of the photo is, "To my dearest parents from Vera Golubchik."

My mother was born in Gornostaipol in 1894. Her family eventually moved to Kiev, but I don’t know when or why they moved. In Kiev, Mamma finished high school. Later she became a seamstress - a prestigious profession for Jewish girls.

For Purim, Mamma always baked hamantash, little triangular pies stuffed with poppy seeds. We had guests over to our house and they all drank wine and enjoyed themselves. At Hanukkah we children would always get money and gifts. But at that time we didn't understand the origin of these holidays. Our parents didn’t tell us anything. During Yom Kippur Mother and Father kept the fast, but the children didn’t. Children were not supposed to fast. At home our parents spoke Yiddish to each other, and Russian to us children.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Dvoira Makarevich
Year of birth:
1894
City of birth:
Gornostaipol, Chernigov province
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1977
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
Soviet Union
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Seamstress
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Golubchik
    Year of changing: 
    1915
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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