Sima Libman visiting the Ulanovski family in Israel

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  • Photo taken in:
    Rehovot
    Year when photo was taken:
    1998
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel

The photograph was taken in Israel when I went to visit my sister Leah Ulanovski and to attend her son Nahum's wedding. Left to right: me, Ephraim Ulanovski, Hagit Ulanovski, Nahum Ulanovski, Leah.

In 1964, my sister met Mr. Right. He was from Moscow, a qualified physicist holding a degree in Physics and Mathematics, and a convinced Zionist. His name was Ephraim Ulanovski. They loved each other intensely, but Ephraim was a married man with a ten-year-old son. He believed he had no moral right to leave his son fatherless. Thus, Leah and he agreed that they would get married and go to Israel after Ephraim's son finished secondary school. They had to wait for eight years. During this entire time, Leah and Ephraim met frequently, exchanged telephone calls, went to visit each other, and always spent their holidays together somewhere at the Black Sea. My mother considered this situation not quite normal and was very concerned about Leah.

Leah and Ephraim got married in 1972. Leah went to live in Moscow and immediately they filed their paperwork for a permit to move to Israel. In spring 1973, their application was denied, and in July 1973, Leah had a son, Nahum. In October 1973, when the Yom Kippur War was in progress in Israel, they suddenly received the permit on the condition that they leave within two weeks. Consequently, when the fact that they had a small baby was taken into account, this period was extended to one month. They flew to Israel on 15th November 1973. Leah and Ephraim lived 30 happy years together. They lived in Rehovot, where Ephraim worked at a military factory. Leah didn't work but stayed at home with their son. He grew up to be a handsome young man. Nahum is a qualified physicist just like his father. He graduated from a university with a Doctor's degree. Nahum served for several years in the Israeli Army. Hagit, his wife, is a third generation Israelite: her grandmother came to Palestine from Romania. Hagit is a biologist. She graduated from university and, according to Israeli laws, served in the army. Nahum and Hagit have a little daughter, Shahav. Ephraim died of a heart attack in 2002. Leah still lives in Rehovot. Nahum and his family went to the USA for three years where he is involved in an interesting scientific research project.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sima Libman
Interviewer:
Emma Gofman
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2004
Tallinn, Estonia

KEY PERSON

Leah Ulanovski
Jewish name:
Leah
Year of birth:
1933
City of birth:
Tallinn
Country name at time of birth:
Estonia
Occupation
after WW II:
Bibliographer, teacher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Rogovski
    Year of changing: 
    1972
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
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