Asta Pekker’s grandfather, my mother's father, Pyotr Borisovich Shwartzman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Berlin
    Year when photo was taken:
    1931
    Country name at time of photo:
    Germany
    Country name today:
    Germany

My grandfather, my mother's father, Pyotr Borisovich Shwartzman. The picture was taken in Berlin, 1931.

I am Asta Grigorievna Pekker. I'm 72 years old. I was born in Berlin, in June 1929. I lived there for four and a half years. My parents and my grandfather and grandmother were Soviet citizens. With Hitler coming in 1933 the Soviet government called our family to Moscow at the end of the year.

My grandfather quit quietly all his official positions, and he lived and worked as if in a shadow until very old age.

My grandfather Pyotr Shwartzman knew seven languages, including Hebrew.

Interview details

Interviewee: Asta Grigorievna Pekker
Interviewer:
Tatyana Chaika
Month of interview:
january
Year of interview:
2001

KEY PERSON

Pyotr Shwartzman
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Warsaw
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Year of death:
1955
City of death:
Kiev
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
engineer
after WW II:
retiree
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