Tsylia Liatun, her daughter Tatiana Miakushkina, and her granddaughter Dana Kanalis

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  • Photo taken in:
    Jerusalem
    Year when photo was taken:
    2001
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel

This is me (first from left), my granddaughter Dana Kanalis and my daughter Tatiana Miakushkina. This photo was taken at Dana's wedding in Jerusalem in 2001.

In 1998 Dana went to study in Israel under the Program NAALE-16 [Educational program for Jewish pupils from the former USSR]. Dana finished a boarding school for girls in Jerusalem. She is religious: she prays, celebrates all holidays and follows the kashrut. In 2001 she got married. Her husband Aurelio Kanalis also came to study in Israel under the NAALE-16 program. He studied at the boarding school for boys. He is a religious boy: he wears a kippah and observes traditions.

Before the wedding the rabbi that was to conduct the wedding ceremony checked my granddaughter's documents since her father and grandfather were Russian. He called me in Odessa and spoke Yiddish to me. Perhaps, she thought that if I answered in Yiddish he could trust the documents. Anyway, when we came to Jerusalem he looked at me and said that he had no more doubts! Finally the dream of my early youth came true: I saw the Promised Land with my own eyes. I met my cousin Eta and the friends of my childhood and youth in Riga I did not see for ages.

There were many guests at the Dana's wedding: men and women sat separately. It was a merry and beautiful wedding. I danced and danced and forgot my age. I recalled my sister Rebecca's wedding once in Riga and my heart rejoiced: our family returned to the traditions of our people.

Interview details

Interviewee: Tsylia Liatun
Interviewer:
Tatiana Portnaya
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2003
Odessa, Ukraine

KEY PERSON

Tsylia Liatun
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Riga
Country name at time of birth:
Latvia
Occupation
after WW II:
Manual laborer
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kats
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Tatiana Miakushkina
Year of birth:
1951
City of birth:
Igarka Krasnoyarsk region
Country name at time of birth:
Soviet Union
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Liatun
    Year of changing: 
    1976
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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