Yoyl Vaksman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kishinev
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Moldova

These are workers of the shoe factory, which my father used to work with, at the 1st of May demonstration in Kishinev in the early 1950s. My father fourth from right, is between a woman with a fore-and-aft cap and a man.

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.

 

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

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