Galina Ivanov

Galina Ivanov

Back in Israel, the Subbotniks’ history is known, but here in this place, this knowledge is a very important matter as the Subbotniks’ history is almost completely unknown.

Welcome Galina Ivanov!

Our friends in Jerusalem requested of me to ask you about your family’s history, about your father and your grandfather. Where were they from before coming to Zima? How did they begin their lives here, in this place? Just what did they do?
Back in Israel, the Subbotniks’ history is known, but here in this place, this knowledge is a very important matter as the Subbotniks’ history is almost completely unknown.

Galina says that though her family name now is Ivanov, the truth is, the family name is Shashalnikov. This name is well known among the Subbotniks, in the Zima region, as well as in Central Russia.
Sometime ago, she does not remember exactly when, she had her name listed as Ivanov and not Shashalnikov.

Galina says that from what she knows, the Subbotniks arrived in Zima in the 80’s during the 19th century.
She says that the Subbotniks were sent from central Russia to Siberia and arrived at a place called Zima. Here they established a Jewish cemetery and began a new life in a new place.

I asked her, from what I know, it was the Subbotniks who established Zima.

Galina says that it was not exactly so. When the Subbotniks arrived here, as far as she knows, it was already in existence, that is to say, there was some settlement here. The Subbotniks joined this settlement, built up their community, built a Jewish cemetery and began their lives. She says that she does not exactly remember the Subbotnik history but there is a book that someone wrote and it’s possible to get it and know more.

I asked her, “From exactly what area did they send the Subbotniks to Zima?”

Galina says that she really does not know. She relates that not all the Subbotniks lived in Zima but there were small villages in [the] Zima [region] that were called “Zainka” in Russian and that is where the Subbotniks lived. That is how her mother for example, is not originally from Zima but was born in a “Zainka” called Shashalnikov because anybody who lived there had the Shashalnikov family. Galina tells us that at the beginning of the 20th century, some of the Subbotniks in the Shashalnikov “Zainka” moved to Zima. There they built a tractor station, which was the beginning of Zima’s development.

Galina relates that her mother who had died at a young age, was buried in Zima even then, in the Subbotnik cemetery. This was a Jewish cemetery with Hebrew lettering on the tombstones.

Galina lives in Zima. Her daughter lives in Moscow. However, her father and her grandfather as well, all lived in the Shashalnikov “Zainka” near Zima. There they lived and there they were buried.

“Galina, thank you very much for this interview.”

Galina says, “Thank you,” and promises that next time she will bring historical documents about her family as well as pictures of her three brothers.

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