military uniforms in family photos #belarus #russia #photographs


ronni_kern@...
 

The attached photos are of  my late grandmother's family;  but we have never been able to identify either the men in uniform or even what the uniforms represented.  The group photo was taken in Leningrad probably in the mid to late 1920s.  The man on the far left is my great uncle Boris/Beryl Melnick who was the only one of my grandmother's siblings to survive the Holocaust.  At his side is his wife Sofia/Sonia Gregorevna Melnikova and I believe the man on the far right is her father Gregor/Giller Nozik.  The man in the uniform, however, is a mystery. 

Likewise, the solo photo found among my grandmother's papers.  I have to assume it is one of her brothers who perished, but I cannot decipher the arm band he is wearing.  So far as I know, he and the other members of her family never left the Slutsk area of what is now Belarus.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ronni Kern
Melnick/Kievitsky/Levin (Semezhevo)
Blistein/Reznik (Vizna/Pohost)
Kern/Knecht/Frankel (Czortkow/Zhitomir)
Derow/Derechinksy (Slonim)


rroth@...
 

In the group photo, the man in uniform is young, maybe the youngest one there. Could it be a student uniform? My guess would be he is a younger brother of someone.

The man who is by himself is dressed in Russian/East European style. The armband is the key. I can't make out much of it but there is the end of one word and the beginning of another, and they look like "..skii -- Kom..." (Not going to try to type in Cyrillic here.)  -ski is an adjective ending, likely possessive, and Kom- is presumably Communist or maybe Community or some such. Below both of the word fragments are five capital letters which look like APMIH, which I take to be a variation on "Army".  So, somebody's or some place's Red Army? People with better eyes and especially better Russian skills may be of more help.

Good luck!
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Robert Roth
Kingston, NY
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rroth@...
 

Correction to my earlier post: APMIH would not be army but "Armin" so maybe something to do with Armenia?
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Robert Roth
Kingston, NY
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serhiy1999@...
 

Dear listmembers!
I think at the photos the people in uniform should be the servicemen of the  Red Army/communist functioneers of the 1920-ies.
The solo photo: the inscription on the arm band may be partly deciphered as something like the ... (military?) Komissariat... or ... Committee.... Probably this man was the on duty (just according to the arm band) serviceman/collaborator in some Soviet military or Communist institution in the Soviet Union in the 1920-ies. It may not necessarily be the military uniform, but the military style dress of a Communist functioneer/soviet institution collaborator.
At the second photo probably there is the Red Army Commander (Commander - is a Soviet name of the Red army officer before WW2, at that time in the Red Army there were no officers) or may be also collaborator of the militia (Police) or Soviet security service of that period.
That is what I may say.
Regards,
Igor Holyboroda,
A guide/genealogy and history researcher, Lviv-Lwow-Lemberg, Ukraine.