Faitel Yakubovich

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Faitel Yakubovich

Russian: Файтель Якубович, Hebrew: פיטל יעקובוביץ׳
Birthplace: Babruysk, Babruysk District, Mogilev Region, Belarus
Death: 1957 (89-90)
Samara, gorod Samara, Samara Oblast, Russia (Russian Federation)
Place of Burial: Samara, gorod Samara, Samara Oblast, Russia
Immediate Family:

Son of Shaya Yakubovich
Husband of Hanna Yakubovich
Father of Abraham Yakubovich; Zalman Yakubovich; Simon Yakubovich; Raphael Yakubovich; Pesya Якубович and 2 others

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About Faitel Yakubovich

Faitel's father was Shaya Yakubovich, and his grandfather was Berka Yakubovich¹.

Faitel was born in 1867.

He was a petty bourgeois² from Babruisk, a large city between Minsk and Mogilev.

Babruisk had a population of 16 thousand around the time of Faitel's birth³, rising to 34 thousand by the time he left the city around the age of thirty⁴. At that time, 21 thousand of the city's inhabitants were Jews, most of whom were employed in crafts, industry, and trade. Almost all of Babruisk's inhabitants lived in wooden houses.

When Faitel was in his 20's, he was likely to have witnessed a series of pogroms that occurred in Babruisk following the assassination of the Russian emperor Alexander II. Many of the attacks were repelled by armed Jewish self-defense. You can read more about Jewish life in 19th century Babruisk in this sefer zikaron.

At the age of 27, Faitel moved to Mogilev and married Hanna Frukhtbaum. His father and perhaps other family members remained in Babruisk until at least 1906.

Hanna was 18 at the time. Her parents were Israel (Izroil) and Ester (Sora Estra Basya) Frukhtbaum. She had two younger brothers (Abram-Zalman and Itska-Gdalia) and two younger sisters (Leia and Ginda), all born in Mogilev.

The wedding took place on June 7, 1894, and was conducted by Rabbi Kagan. The witnesses were Girsh Rokhlin and Mordukh Simanov.

In Mogilev, Faitel and Hanna had four sons: Abram (1901), Zalman (1903), Simon, and Raphael, and three daughters: Pesya, Leia, and Maria.

When Faitel was in his 60's, his sons married and had their own children.

Raphael had a daughter named Raya Klich (1931). Abram had a daughter named Esya (1932) and a son named Yuliy (1936). Zalman had two sons: Grigori (1932) and Boris (1935).

During the war, Faitel and his son Abram were evacuated from Mogilev to Samara where they lived for the rest of their lives. In Samara, Faitel worked in a Synagogue, putting together Jewish calendars.

His son Zalman served as a machine gunner and died in the Battle of Voronezh. Simon became an Honored Doctor of Russia and worked as a surgeon and field hospital director. Raphael fought and received medals.

When Faitel was 80 years old (~1947), he visited all the cities where his children lived: Moscow, Minsk, Mogilev, Svedlovsk.

Faitel died in 1957, at the age of 90. He is buried at the Tatarskoye cemetery in Samara.

Abram's descendants live in Samara and Israel. Zalman's descendants live in Moscow, Novgorod, Israel, New Jersey, and Toronto. Raphael Yakubovich's descendants live in Boston, Florida, and Texas. Maria's descendants, live in New Jersey. Leia's descendants live in Sverdlovsk. Pesya's descendants last lived in Moscow, but we lost contact with them. Simon never married.

1. Shaya's name is certain, as it comes directly from Faitel's marriage record. The name Berka comes from a 1906 Duma election census where there is a record of Shaya Yakubovich from Babruisk whose father was Berka. It's possible (but unlikely) that there were multiple people named Shaya Yakubovich in Babruisk at the time.

2. "мещанин" (meshchanin) in Russian. Here's a good explanation of what the term meant in the Russian Empire.

3. The 1861 census showed a population of 15,766. The ethnic groups living in Babruysk included Belarusians, Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews. As in other cities of Belarus, most of the buildings were constructed from wood. In 1866 there were 1498 houses, only 29 of which were made from brick.

4. By 1897, in the population of 34,336 citizens, 60%, or 20,760 were Jews.

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Faitel Yakubovich's Timeline

Babruysk, Babruysk District, Mogilev Region, Belarus
July 11, 1901
Mogilev, Belarus
February 7, 1932
Mogilev, Mahilyow District, Mogilev Region, Belarus