Lana Shkolnik and Galina Antonovskiy, Portland, 2009

Courtesy of Jan Pieter Van Voorst Van Beest, an individual partner

Lana Shkolnik and Galina Antonovskiy, Portland, 2009

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Lana Shkolnik and her step-mother, Galina Antonovskiy immigrated from Russia to Maine. “I can say it out loud, ‘I’m a Jew,’” said Shkolnik in 2009, who relished no longer needing to hide her identity. Even though they had led a largely secular life typical of all citizens in Soviet days, the Shkolniks suffered religious persecution, which qualified them for refugee status.

While Galina Antonovskiy had a rewarding career as a chemical engineer, she believes she could have moved into a higher management job if she had not been Jewish. She kept quiet about her religion, because anti-Semitism reared its head unexpectedly and often in Russia.

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  • Title: Lana Shkolnik and Galina Antonovskiy, Portland, 2009
  • Creator: Van Voorst Van Beest, Jan Pieter
  • Creation Date: 2009
  • Subject Date: circa 2017
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Digital photograph
  • Object Type: Image

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