Interview with Irina Melekhina, March 9, 2019

Project: I Remember When: Times Gone But Not Forgotten Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Irena Melekhina recounts her experiences growing up in the USSR, earning a degree in dentistry, and then seeking refugee status along with her husband prior to immigrating to the United States in 1991. She recalls a sense of being brainwashed by the Soviet government, yet still feeling a loss at the collapse of the Soviet Union. She and her husband and 2 month old child arrived in New York City in August 1991, just as the August Coup was taking place in the USSR. The interview recounts these early years of adjusting to life in the United States, resettling in Philadelphia for better job opportunities, and raising their family in Northeast Philadelphia. Toward the end of the interview, Irina shares a series of photographs and memorabilia from the Soviet Union.

Interview Accession

2019oh0147_irw0078

Interviewee Name

Irina Melekhina

Interviewer Name

Janneken Smucker

Interview Date

2019-03-07

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Melekhina, Irina Interview by Janneken Smucker. 07 Mar. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Melekhina, I. (2019, March 07). Interview by J. Smucker. I Remember When: Times Gone But Not Forgotten Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Melekhina, Irina, interview by Janneken Smucker. March 07, 2019, I Remember When: Times Gone But Not Forgotten Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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