Yoyl and Tsivia Vaksman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kishinev
    Year when photo was taken:
    1982
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Moldova

These are my parents, Tsivia and Yoyl Vaksman, at their golden wedding anniversary. This photo was taken in 1982 in our apartment in Kishinev.

In April 1945 we went home from evacuation. Of course, our way back home was much shorter as we took the train as passengers with tickets. I couldn’t recognize my native city. It was devastated. The central part was in shambles. Our pre-war apartment was also destroyed. A Moldovan lady leased a small room to us, where the three of us stayed before my father’s arrival.

Father worked at a shoe factory as a shoemaker. He was well-respected and became a foreman. My mother spent the whole day sawing as she did before the war. I helped her about the house, looking after my little sister.

In 1985 my father passed away without having a chance to rejoice in a great-grandchild. In 1994 my mother died. She had been afflicted with cancer for a while. When my mother got ill in 1990 I had to quit work to look after her. My husband and I didn’t observe religious traditions during the Soviet times. However, we went to my parents for Pesach. My mother always had matzah. My mother used to light candles on Fridays, and fasted during Yom Kippur. My parents always spoke Yiddish, so I know my mother tongue very well. I buried my parents at the Jewish cemetery according to the Jewish rite.

Interview details

Interviewee: Molka Mirskaya
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2004
Kishinev, Moldova

KEY PERSON

Yoyl Valksman
Jewish name:
Yoyl
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Kishinev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1985
City of death:
Kishinev
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Cobbler at shoe factory
after WW II:
Cobbler at shoe factory

Other Person

Tsivia Valksman
Jewish name:
Tsivia
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Kishinev
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1994
City of death:
Kishinev
Country of death:
Moldova
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Seamstress
after WW II:
Seamstress
  • Previous family name: 
    Alterman
    Year of changing: 
    1932
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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