Revekka Blumberg with her mother Hana-Leya Levin

Revekka Blumberg  with her mother Hana-Leya Levin
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  • Photo taken in:
    Tel Aviv-Yaffo
    Year when photo was taken:
    1998
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel
This is my mother Hana-Leya Levin and me in this picture. I was visiting her in Israel, and we were photographed together. My mother had one picture, and I had another. This photo was taken in Tel Aviv in 1998. After World War II Mama did not always behave adequately, and those were hard times for me, when I witnessed that. It was additional emotional stress for me. It was not that I was ashamed that she was my mother, but it was painful to watch her condition. It took me some time to realize that Mama was ill. This was the result of deportation and life in exile. Mama did not die in exile, she survived physically, but she was broken down spiritually, and her life was wasted. Mama was not resentful, but inside she could not accept the Soviet regime, the system that broke her life. She lived her life in fear, and this fear that was inside her developed into sickness, phobia. However, Mama did not realize she was severely ill. Living in the USSR, we somehow ignored any indisposition until the pain became unbearable, and as for mental problems, people were not used to paying any attention, whatsoever. Only after Mama moved to Israel in 1970, since this was the dream of her life, she had medical examinations and treatment. It was Mama's dream to move to Israel. She got a chance to make her dream come true during the mass departure of Jews to Israel in the 1970s. She received a letter of invitation from a distant relative. Mama wanted me to divorce my husband and join her, but it was not for me. Mama left in 1970, and our contacts stopped for a long time. At that time one couldn't even imagine there would be time, when people got an opportunity to travel to Israel or invite their folks to visit them. My friend Dina's family also moved to Israel at about the same time, and they supported my mother as much as they could there. I got a chance to visit my mother during perestroika after 18 years of separation. Since then I kept visiting her once a year or even more frequently. Mama died in Israel in 2000. I was also eager to move to Israel, but my husband had problems in this regard. Moris worked at a defense enterprise and had a strict security access permit form. Having access to defense affairs he was not going to be allowed a permit for relocation. He had to resign and find a job, which was not associated with any access permits, in which case he might be allowed to relocate in ten years' time. Anyway, this wasn't Moris' intention. He was fanatically dedicated to what he was doing and believed in the Soviet system. To be short, he was an 'appropriate' person.

Interview details

Interviewee: Revekka Blumberg
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Revekka Blumberg
Jewish name:
Hana-Leya
Year of birth:
1937
City of birth:
Kaunas
Country name at time of birth:
Lithuania
Occupation
after WW II:
Worked as a seamstress at the factory, designer, press manager, nursing service of the Jewish community
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Levin
    Year of changing: 
    1960
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Hana-Leya Levin
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Klaipeda
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
2000
City of death:
Tel Aviv
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Secretary/assistant/housewife after marriage
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Fisher
    Year of changing: 
    1936
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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