Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova and her aunt Maria Sorokina

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tallinn
    Year when photo was taken:
    2006
    Country name at time of photo:
    Estonia
    Country name today:
    Estonia

That’s me with my aunt Maria Sorokina, my mother's younger sister. Aunt Masha is still alive, she turned 105 recently. I often visit her. The photo was taken in her place in Tallinn in 2006.

I am a retiree now. I have friends. Even if they don’t live close by, we still remain friends. I write to them once in a while. Sometimes they come to see me. We know things about each other and remember past events.

My cousins Irene and Ruth, the daughters of my mother’s younger sister Masha, who is 104 years old now, live in Tallinn. Aunt Masha is a part of my family, a part of my bereft childhood. She is always happy to see me.

Sometimes I go to the Jewish community on holidays. There are interesting events there. For example, recently there was a meeting with the president of Israel. It was very interesting. I often go to the synagogue.

We always mark Jewish holidays at home. I cook gefilte fish the way my mother did, boil chicken, bake strudels and challah. I light candles on Sabbath like my mom did.

I read the Old Testament in Tomsk. I read all of it. I read the Torah from cover to cover. I often reread it and find it engaging. I read the Torah in Russian, not in Ivrit, but the translation is very good. I do it with pleasure and always find something in there which is topical for our times.

Interview details

Interviewee: Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2005
Tallinn , Estonia

KEY PERSON

Ronny Sheyn-Kuznetsova
Jewish name:
Ronny
Year of birth:
1936
City of birth:
Valga
Country name at time of birth:
Estonia
Occupation
after WW II:
Assistant professor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Sheyn
    Year of changing: 
    1959
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Maria Sorokina
Jewish name:
Mariasha
Year of birth:
1901
City of birth:
Aluksne
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dentist
after WW II:
Dentist

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