Samuel and Sarah Zeldovich

Samuel and Sarah Zeldovich
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  • Photo taken in:
    Nikolaev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1924
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
This is a picture of my parents Samuel and Sarah Zeldovich (nee Chernenko) after their wedding. The photo was taken in Nikolaev in 1924. My father was born in Nikolaev on 20th September 1888. He finished a grammar school in Nikolaev and then a commercial college in Vienna. In 1914 my grandfather sent my father to Palestine to get familiar with our historical Motherland. At that time World War I began and all young people subject to recruitment were ordered to return to Russia. So my father returned to Russia. He was recruited to the tsarist army in which he served until the end of World War I. He returned to Nikolaev in the early 1920s. My mother was the youngest in the family. She was born in Zultz in 1902. I don't know where she studied. My grandfather Avrum Chernenko taught her Jewish traditions and prayers. Grandmother Ella taught her housekeeping and cooking. She made traditional Jewish food: gefilte fish, chicken and strudels. My mother lived with her parents in Nikolaev before she got married. She helped her mother about the house. My parents never told me how they met. I guess they met when my mother's family moved to Nikolaev. They got married in 1924 and only had a civil ceremony. They lived in my grandmother's house, which had a number of rooms. They also had housemaids.

Interview details

Interviewee: Bella Zeldovich
Interviewer:
Alexandr Tonkonogiy
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2002
Odessa, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Samuel Zeldovich
Jewish name:
Aron
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Nikolaev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1975
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Retail clerk
after WW II:
Retail clerk

Other Person

Sarah Zeldovich
Jewish name:
Samuel
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Zultz
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1988
City of death:
Odessa
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife

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