Sara Ushpitsene with her grandson Mark Shirman

Sara Ushpitsene with her grandson Mark Shirman
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sakiai
    Year when photo was taken:
    2006
    Country name at time of photo:
    Lithuania
    Country name today:
    Lithuania
This is I, Sara Ushpitsene, and my grandson Mark Shirman. The picture was taken in my yard in Sakiai in 2006. Hanna got secondary medical education and became a nurse. She married a Jew from Kiev, called Shirman. In 1987 she bore a son and named him Mark after her husband. Her husband loved Hanna and she loved him, but her mother-in-law was constantly interfering in their life when she lived with them. She constantly insisted on immigration to the USA. They got the letter of invitation and processed all the documents in Moscow. Hanna wasn?t willing to go and asked for separate documents for her and her son. First, my son-in-law and his mother left for the USA and then they started talking Hanna into that. My daughter and my grandson also left there. They lived a couple of years together and then divorced. Nevertheless, Hanna doesn?t regret leaving for the USA. She finished masseuse courses and works as a nurse in a nursing home. She lives comfortably. Hanna lives with a man. She often comes to see me. Earlier, she used to send her son to Lithuania very summer. He is a student now and doesn?t come that often. He is very attached to me. I don?t feel lonely. Luckily, I am energetic. I enjoy planting flowers, vegetables and fruits. I get a good pension. I have a plot of land which was returned to me in accordance with the law on restitution. I lease it and get paid well for that. The land was the property of my husband's parents. I get along perfectly with my Lithuanian neighbors. They know that I don?t do anything on Saturday. I even don?t buy anything on that day as on Sabbath we are not supposed to touch money. On Friday, I light candles and pray. I celebrate all Jewish holidays and respect the Catholic holidays of my neighbors.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sara Ushpitsene
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2005
Sakiai, Lithuania

KEY PERSON

Sara Ushpitsene
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Luksiai
Country name at time of birth:
Lithuania
Occupation
before WW II:
Assistant at a store
after WW II:
Was in charge of warehouse, director of department store
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kacharinskaite
    Year of changing: 
    1956
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Mark Shirman
Jewish name:
Sara
Year of birth:
1987
City of birth:
Kaunas
Country name at time of birth:
Russia

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