Zinaida Turovskaya’s mother's sister (Basia) husband Aron

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1920
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

Aron, Basia's (my mother's sister) husband. Photo made during the civil war. Aron was in the Red Army.

Basia, my mother's older sister, married a Jewish man. His name was Aron. I don't remember his last name. Dring the civil war Aron was in the Red Army and then worked as a shop-assistant in astore.
In the middle of 30s the Jewish Autonomous Region (its capital - Birobijan) was formed in the Far East and the Jewish people were called to move there. Aron and basia and their children went to Birobijan. Aron worked as a carpenter. They received an apartment.

However, their 1st year there was hard - their younger daughter died. Later Manya, another girl, was born. Their children studied in the Jewish school in Birobijan. There was no anti-Semitism there even during the most difficult years for Soviet Jews. Basia, Aron and their children loved their new Motherland and lived there all their life. Basia died around 1980. Aron and the older children also died.

Mania, Basia's younger daughter, lives in Birobijan. She has 2 grown up daughters and grandchildren. In the middle of 50s Manya visited us and stayed with us some time. She played the accordeon very well and sang Jewish songs. When she and my mother were singing in Yiddish, all our neighbors came to listen to them. When my sisters Tsylia and Rosa decide to emigrate to Israel (around 1978) Manya wrote a letter calling them traitors. She wrote that she was terminating any relationship with them.

Interview details

Interviewee: Zinaida Turovskaya
Interviewer:
Zhanna Litinskaya
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2002

KEY PERSON

Zinaida Turovskaya
Year of birth:
1937
City of birth:
Kiev
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Occupation
before WW II:
child
after WW II:
Worker at the slide shop
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Yarovskaya
    Year of changing: 
    1961
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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