Sura Milstein

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  • Photo taken in:
    Botosani
    Year when photo was taken:
    2006
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Emoke Major

This is me [Sura Milstein] in my apartment in Botosani, in August 2006.

My life changed after the Revolution in that I have aged and become ever more helpless. There's no way around it. For me, what does it matter how people live abroad? At first, poor me, I nurtured illusions that I would retire and go to every movie and theatre play, that I would go everywhere. We have a theatre here, in Botosani, and a Philharmonic. But you end up not going anywhere, you are ever more helpless. Life gets increasingly lonely, withdrawn… There was a time when my friend from high school used to visit me, but now she too is ill. She is somewhat older, around 3 years older than me. We weren't classmates, but be that as it may, we knew each other from high school. And, even though I live across the street from the block of flats where she lives, I can no longer walk up to the 4th floor.

As a Transnistria deportee, I receive that German pension which came more and more irregularly lately. I kept receiving an address requesting me to certify I was still alive. And I received the money, but perhaps its delivery was delayed. In any case… I receive nothing from the Romanian authorities. The Community helps me, because I donated the apartment [I live in] and everything inside it to the Community. Time was when there was a canteen - the Community Canteen -, and it was actually easier. There was a man who brought me food from the canteen. But now, for the past 5 years or so, there has been no canteen anymore. Poverty and few people. There are two ladies at the Community, and one of them comes to see me twice a week and it is she who cooks for me. I'm no longer able to do anything… If it weren't for her, I'd be six feet under for a long time now. I am very weak.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sura Milstein
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Year of interview:
2006
Botosani, Romania

KEY PERSON

Sura Milstein
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Bucecea
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Sulimzohn
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1960

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