Semyon Beilis

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  • Photo taken in:
    Petrograd
    Year when photo was taken:
    1922
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is a photo of my uncle Semyon Beilis. This picture was taken in Petrograd in 1922.

Semyon, my mother's brother, was a very interesting person. He was good-looking, cheerful, and very sociable: he could play the guitar and sing well. He always worked in sales: as a store clerk at first, and then as a manager. During the war, Uncle Semyon was in the army and fought at the Leningrad front. After the war, he returned to Leningrad to his family. Uncle Semyon used to say jokingly that his wife, Leah, gave him an expensive present every ten years: a new daughter. Two of his daughters, Inessa and Lyubov, now live in St. Petersburg, and the third, Renata died in 2003. Uncle Semyon was a very caring father. It so happened that his wife died when his youngest daughter was only seven years old. Uncle Semyon didn't remarry. He brought up his daughter by himself and later lived with her family until his death. Their family was very hospitable: I loved staying with them when visiting Leningrad. Uncle Semyon died in the late 1960s.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sima Libman
Interviewer:
Emma Gofman
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2004
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Semyon Beilis
Jewish name:
Shimon
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Yamburg
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1960
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Shop manager
after WW II:
Shop manager

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