Simon Grinshpoon with his wife Elena Grinshpoon

Simon Grinshpoon with his wife Elena Grinshpoon
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kiev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1996
    Country name at time of photo:
    Ukraine
    Country name today:
    Ukraine
My second wife Elena and I and our beloved pet dogs Lialia, Marsik and Dasy in the courtyard of our building. Elena is Russian. She comes from Bryansk region. Her parents died when she was a small child, and she finished secondary school at a children's home. She worked as a secretary in various offices. She didn't have an opportunity to continue her education. She was married, but her marriage didn't work out. She moved to Kiev at the invitation of the military registration office. They had heard about her diligence and wished to employ her. She lived in a communal apartment for some time before she moved in with me. Elena's son lives in Odessa. We get along well with him. Elena remembers all Jewish holidays, she buys Jewish calendars every year and reminds me to buy matzah in the memory of my parents. I'm an atheist and don't observe any Jewish traditions or celebrate holidays. It's too late to start changing now. On 29th September I come home earlier from work, we get flowers and we go to the Babi Yar where my parents and many other Jews from Kiev perished. I know that many Jewish organizations have been established in Kiev lately. It's wonderful that people can communicate and get assistance. I don't go to any of these organizations. I can work and provide for myself. I still work and don't need their assistance, but I know that their support is very important to many people. Many of my friends left for Israel or Germany. I'm always interested in what's going on in Israel, and I like the country. If I were able to leave and do something for the country I would. But I don't want to be dependent on anybody there. Germany is out of the question. I haven't forgiven the Germans for what they did. And in general, I shall not change my nationality, convictions or motherland.

Interview details

Interviewee: Simon Grinshpoon
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2002
Kiev, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Simon Grinshpoon
Jewish name:
Leiba
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Berezovka
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Technician/engineer
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Elena Grinshpoon
Jewish name:
Simon
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Bryansk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk

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