Sima Libman with her parents

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tallinn
    Year when photo was taken:
    1927
    Country name at time of photo:
    Estonia
    Country name today:
    Estonia
In this photograph, I am pictured when in my early years with my parents, Sofia and Elhanon Rogovski. It was taken in Tallin in 1927. My parents got married on 28th June 1923. The wedding ceremony took place in the synagogue in Rakvere, where Grandfather Benyamin lived. At that time my father lived in Tallinn with Aunt Beile and her husband in a small apartment near the synagogue. It was the area where many Jewish families rented cheap apartments. The streets were narrow with mostly one-storied wooden buildings which were heated by stoves and had only electricity and running water facilities. Now these streets aren't there any more: everything has been rebuilt. In 1923, my father brought his newlywed wife into Aunt Beile's small apartment. I was born there in 1924. After my uncle died, we moved into a more spacious apartment in a different building, two-storied this time. We occupied the entire first floor, and our Estonian landlord lived on the second one. We had a large front room, a kitchen, a dining-room, a bedroom, and Aunt Beile's room. She lived with us all the time, and I called her 'grandma.' When my mother arrived in Estonia she could only speak Russian. So Russian was my first language. As my mother talked to Grandmother Beile while at home, she was soon able to speak Yiddish: she had heard it spoken in her family from a young age. Later, she could understand and speak Estonian to servants and shop-keepers. I laughed when I heard her Estonian. My parents were very sociable people: especially my father. He was a very witty and cheerful person. They both loved being around people, visited friends often, and their friends visited us. Our home was open to people. My mother knew how to dress inexpensively but fashionably and elegantly. She invented her own designs for dresses and suits. Sometimes she used her old clothes, combining them with new material. As a result she obtained some very elegant clothes, and her lady friends thought that she had bought them from an expensive tailor.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Elhanon Rogovski
Year of birth:
1898
City of birth:
Tallinn
Country name at time of birth:
USSR
Year of death:
1946
City of death:
Tallinn
Country of death:
Estonia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dental mechanic
after WW II:
Dental mechanic

Other Person

Sofia Rogovski
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Yamburg
Country name at time of birth:
Russia pre 1917
Year of death:
1977
City of death:
Tallinn
Country of death:
Estonia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Tailor
  • Previous family name: 
    Beilis
    Year of changing: 
    1923
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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