Sarah Kaplan with her brother

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  • Photo taken in:
    Berdichev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    Soviet Union
    Country name today:
    Ukraine

My brother Avrum and me. We were photographed on the day of my brother's arrival home upon the completion of his studies in Kiev. The photo was taken in 1936 in Berdichev.

Avrum finished Pedagogical College after lower secondary school. He submitted his documents to the Pedagogical Institute in Zhytomir, but he was not admitted there because he was the son of a 'deprived' man. Because in the late 1920s, when the NEP was over, my father, who was a wealthy man for the time, was declared a 'deprived' man. [Editor's Note: an individual deprived of social rights, in particular, of his right to vote and declared an unreliable and untrustworthy citizen.]

Grandfather Joseph adopted him and Avrum entered the Institute. Upon graduation he worked as a teacher of physics and mathematics at a school in Berdichev. At the beginning of the war he was the director of the school. Avrum's fiancée, Sarah, worked as a teacher in Raigorodok, Vinnitsa region.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sarah Kaplan
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2002
Lvov, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Sarah Kaplan
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Berdichev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Died where:
Evacuation
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Grinberg
    Year of changing: 
    1932
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
  • Previous family name: 
    Gershman
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

Other Person

Avrum Grinberg
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Berdichev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Berdichev
Country of death:
Soviet Union
Died where:
Mass shooting
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher

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