Solomon Skoblo

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  • Photo taken in:
    Pskov
    Year when photo was taken:
    1921
    Country name at time of photo:
    Russia
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is my paternal grandfather, Solomon Skoblo. This picture was taken in Pskov, before he left with one of his sons, Abram, for England in 1921.

My grandpa Solomon owned a small store and sold ironmongery. He was a respected man at the local synagogue. He had a very big family. I cannot imagine how he supported the whole family. They weren't very well-to-do, I would say they lived quite modestly. My grandpa probably made some money on the side. He was a very pious man and always fulfilled various public tasks he received at the synagogue. For example, he collected notes that visitors wrote to the rabbi and read them to him after the prayer when everybody had left. He also collected money from idaka [a box for donations]. He had a place of his own there. In 1921 his son Abram took him away to England. Grandpa and Abram had problems with the Bolshevist power: they were against the Bolsheviks so they had to escape abroad to avoid a possible massacre. Grandpa died in England after the war.

Interview details

Interviewee: Alexandra Ribush
Interviewer:
Inna Gimila
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Solomon Skoblo
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
Vitebsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1940
Country of death:
United Kingdom
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite crafts

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