Asya Hotkina

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  • Photo taken in:
    Leningrad
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Russia

This is Aunt Asya [1916-1960s], who worked as a librarian in the House of Arts in Nevsky Avenue, now, in my opinion, it is called the Palace of Arts.

Very educated, very clever and talented. Here she is still young. It was even before the war, she was 15-16 years old. The inscription is: "To dear parents, sister, brother and niece".

Asya and Tasya are sisters of my Mum. Asya is the youngest, and Tasya was born after Maryasya. They all bear the name Zaretsky, Grandfather's daughters.

They were four: Asya, Tasya, Maryasya and my mother. Asya worked as a librarian in the Palace of Arts in Nevsky Avenue, then [1950s] referred to as the House of Arts.

There I met Simonov [a Soviet actor, the people's actor of the USSR], and many other prominent actors, who came to see her. They all respected her. She knew the English language, was very gifted. Her daughter lived here. In honor of grandmother she was named Inna Zaretsky.

So Aunt Asya and Aunt Maryasya were librarians, and Tasya worked as a booking office cashier at the Moscow railway station. There she got acquainted with her Russian husband. Her grandfather "crossed her out of the list" after she married a Russian.

Interview details

Interviewee: Valentina Fidelman
Interviewer:
Ulyana Balashova
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2002
St. Petersburg, Russia

KEY PERSON

Asya Hotkina
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Kalinkovichi
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
City of death:
Leningrad
Country of death:
USSR
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Librarian
after WW II:
Librarian
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Zaretskaya
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1930

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