Shlima Goldstein with her husband Dmitriy Goldstein and daughter Ella Denisova

Shlima Goldstein with her husband Dmitriy Goldstein and daughter Ella Denisova
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kishinev
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Moldova
This is me with my husband Dmitriy Goldstein and daughter Ella. This photo was taken in a restaurant on one of my friends' birthday. Kishinev, 1960s. Dmitriy and I got married in 1951. In November 1955 our daughter, Ella, was born. The delivery was very hard and I was begging the Lord to have no more children. Ella is our only daughter. I remembered how our mother had to send us to the orphanage due to poverty and I didn't want any more children. I wanted our only daughter to grow up happy in the family and in wealth. My daughter, Ella, studied well at school. After finishing school she decided against entering a college. Anti-Semitism was strong in those years and a Jewish girl had no chance to enter a higher educational institution unless she bribed the officials, but we had no money for bribes. Ella went to work at a computation center in a design institute. At that time the first computers were commissioned and Ella maintained them. She went to a resort in Odessa where she met Vladimir Denisov, a Russian guy from Moscow. He fell in love with her. He visited us in fall and then began to visit us frequently. They got married and my daughter moved to Moscow where Vladimir had an apartment. Ella's husband was a great metal artist, a jeweler. He worked with precious metals, and in the Soviet times the state had a monopoly for the manufacture and treatment of jewelry, and any private business in this regard was forbidden. Most likely, their neighbors reported on my son-in-law and one night, when my daughter was in the maternity hospital, he was arrested. The apartment was searched and whatever belongings they had was retained. Vladimir was allowed three months of delay till Ella had the baby. This was their second child. Their son Denis was born in 1979. In 1982 Dina was born. At the trial the attorney managed to have the verdict of deportation to distant areas. My daughter had to raise two children alone. My husband and I worked overtime to send her whatever we could earn. I could never afford to go to the Caucasus or Crimea on vacation. We could only afford local resorts where we could go for free. I sent my savings to my daughter.

Interview details

Interviewee: Shlima Goldstein
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2004
Chisinau, Moldova

KEY PERSON

Shlima Goldstein
Jewish name:
Polia
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Kishinev
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Master confectioner
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gersh
    Year of changing: 
    1954
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Dmitriy Goldstein
Jewish name:
Shlima
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Kishinev
Country name at time of birth:
Moldova
Occupation
after WW II:
Manager

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1997

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