Yesterday I was hoping to include both Bessarabian sides of my family in the same message that I named then Ilya Revich but was so exhausted from spending countless hours on the internet that had to quit before I got to the Reviches' part.So today I want to continue in that direction and possibly, if I find my messages on specific people in the future or remember what I wrote about them, add something.For instance, this morning I saw my yesterday's message about the Bronshteyns I presume (because they are the only Bessrabian relatives in my fa mily, aside from Reviches).
Hence today I would like to devote some space to Ilya Revich (I really would like to hope that I never wrote about him in the past because aside from that yesterday's message, I do not have the copies of all my messages that I posted here-in Ukraine, Romania, and Belorussia geneological sections sections).Do you know by the way that there is no reference to Moldova or Bessarabia in the geneological forum, where they offer a list of various geneological forum countries, I couldn't join the Romaninan forum if I found those names in the list.
Well, anywho looking for info on the ancestors of aBessarabian-born (possibly Kishinev or they spell it some other way there now, starts with Chi) Ilya Revich who was married to a Belorussian-born Sophya Savelievna Slavina around 1918 (both were born around 1890s, at least she was in mid or late 1890s).He had one sister who had a son and a daughter,- I guess- called Anna, a childless woman who might have immigrated to Israel a long time ago, we don't know.I don't know how can I be mistaken, I think my mother told me that that woman was going to go to Israel in early 1990s, now my mother does not remember that, I don't know.
Ilya curiously enough was a dark-skinned man whereas his wife was a light-skinned Jewess, and their two children turned out to be dark-skinned like their father.I never thought about it but my mother showed me their family photo: he, his wife, and their two fairly small daughters-Hannah and Hallah (Hannah is my grandmother), and they look like a biracial family (of course, we don't know of any nationalities in our family other than Jewish).I think that this is why, my father was often jokingly comparing my grandmother with Black women when we lived in the former Soviet Union, I don't know who else can be that dark-skinned in our family, I hope it's not I and my mother.It's amazing how some genes pass to some generations and don't to another.
Ilya Revich even had a job in Kishinev (this is a racial stereotype, of course, but...) traditionally held by African-Americans in the United States although he seems to have been an owner or a supervisor there: he owned a restaurant with his wife in Kishinev (his daughter Hannah after the war also worked at the same place with her second husband), a job obviously unfit for his frail, rheumatic health for he dropped dead after carrying a heavy box of wine from the basement of his restaurant one day, to the visitors in his restaurant.This was a fashionable restaurant in the center of Kishinev, it is only possible to imagine that they had a lot of affluent customers, important customers, let's put it such way, so he was only happy to oblige but did not live to see the results of his "socking."
Well, it is certainly a tragedy that he died quite young then, around 1930s or something and orphaned his two daughters, who knows maybe this is the reason why many Soviets took a pity on that family in the early 1940s and afterwards.As they entered Romanian-held capitalist Kishinev in 1940, they packed quite a few buisness owners in train cars, to ship them for Siberia, and Ilya's widow seems to have hold a pretty high position in her restaurant until then as well but somehow the Soviets left her alone although she was afraid to work, after they came along, in the Soviet Union till the rest of her life.
Why don't I tell you the rest in my other message.