Yankel Rubel with his wife Pesya

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  • Photo taken in:
    Rezina
    Year when photo was taken:
    1925
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Moldova

This is my uncle Yankel Rubel with his wife Pesya. The picture was taken in Rezina in 1925.

My great-grandparents, Itsik and Charna Rubel, had many children. I know hardly anything about them. My grandfather Abram Rubel was born in 1870 in Rezina. He got married rather early, which was traditional for the Jews. Abram had nine children. I only knew my father's eldest brother Yankel. The thing is that in 1913 Grandfather Abram left for Argentina to look for a job and a better living for his children. Some of the elder children left with him, and Grandmother Nehama with the rest of the children joined them in a couple of years. That is why I never met my grandparents, my uncles and aunts. Only the eldest son Yankel, born in 1892, and my father Shapsha were so much against the departure to Argentina that Grandfather Abram got upset with them and left without his elder sons. Father and Yankel also were frustrated that they parted with the family and didn’t keep in touch with them for a long time. Only ten years later did they start to correspond with the family.

Father and Yankel had already been working when their family left. They were loaders at the creamery since the age of 13. Yankel lived in Rezina. He got married rather early. His wife was a Jew called Pesya. They had four children – a boy, Monya, born in 1922, and the daughters Golda, born in 1917, Revekka, born in 1924, and Leya, born in 1926. Yankel worked really hard to provide for such a large family. He worked two shifts at the creamery. On 12th October 1935 my uncle died as a result of the collapse of the ceiling in one of the creamery premises. During his funeral the coffin wasn’t open so that the relatives wouldn’t see Yankel’s dreadful remains.

For two years Pesya and her children lived on the money given to them by my father and the kin from Argentina. In 1937 they received an invitation from Argentina and Pesya left with her children. I loved them a lot, especially Revekka and my peer Leya. We took a picture together before they left. That was the last time I saw them. Before 1940 we received letters from Argentina and then the Soviet regime was established in Bessarabia and it was impossible to write to our relatives abroad. We couldn’t correspond with them after the war either. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Raisa Roitman
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2004
Chisinau, Moldova

KEY PERSON

Yankel Rubel
Jewish name:
Yankel
Year of birth:
1892
City of birth:
Rezina
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1935
City of death:
Rezina
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer

Other Person

Pesya Rubel
Year of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Rezina
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Country of death:
Argentina
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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