Zoria Hotinskaya with her daughter Nina Hotinskaya

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  • Photo taken in:
    Moscow
    Year when photo was taken:
    1960
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

My wife Zoria [Hotinskaya, nee Petrunicheva] with our daughter Nina. This photo demonstrates their characters best of all: my wife, reading everything and always and my Nina firmly holding her Mom's hand.

This photo was taken in Moscow in 1960.

I got married to Zoria Petrunicheva in 1952. Zoria and I have two children: Nina, born in 1956, and Nikolay, born in 1963. They grew up like all other Soviet children. They were pioneers and Komsomol members.

I spent as much time as I could with them. In summer we went to the seashore or to the mountains, at weekends we went for walks, to the cinema or theater.

We had family dinners in the evening where we discussed what had happened during the day, shared our thoughts and supported each other. We were very close.

We celebrated Soviet holidays at home: 1st May and 7th November, Soviet Army Day and New Year's Eve. Of course, Victory Day, 9th May was the most important holiday.

On this day we went to the monument to the Unknown Soldier where we laid flowers. In the evening we had a gathering of veterans where we shared memories and sang wartime songs.

Zoria and I wanted to make our children's life easier and registered them as Russians in their passports, though they had my surname. But they faced anti-Semitism anyway.

Interview details

Interviewee: Osip Hotinskiy
Interviewer:
Ella Levitskaya
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2004
Moscow, Russia

KEY PERSON

Zoria Hotinskaya
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Moscow
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
2000
City of death:
Moscow
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Historian
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Petrunicheva
    Year of changing: 
    1952
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Nina Hotinskaya
Jewish name:
Nehama
Year of birth:
1892
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Parichi
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1952
City of death:
Moscow
Country of death:
Russia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Party worker
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Schukina
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910

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