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January 04, 1991 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-01-04

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.,

He Took Doctor's Advice;
Things Much Better Now

RICHARD PEARL

Staff Writer

T

he doctor told the
much-decorated, ex-
army artillery captain
not to worry, that things
would be okay.
It took nearly a year before
her prognosis proved correct,
but today, the doctor and the
ex-soldier couldn't be hap-
pier. They're reunited,
legally married and living in
America.
The story of Dr. Tsivya
Shapiro and Isreil Fucx, a
tale of love and determina-
tion made all the more
remarkable because both are
in their 70s, began more
than 12 years ago thousands
of miles from Oak Park, in
Baku, Azerbaidzhan, in the
southeastern region of the
Soviet Union.
It was then that Isreil, a
divorced civil engineer, and
Tsivya, a geriatrics physi-
cian widowed in the 1960s
when her lawyer husband
was killed in an automobile
accident, were married in a
Jewish ceremony in a Baku
synagogue. But only
Tsivya's relatives attended
because Isreil's son Yuri ob-
jected to the marriage.
Both the Shapiro and Fucx
families had been friends for
years, but Yuri and Tsivya
didn't get along. Out of
respect for his son's feelings,
Isreil refused to have a civil
ceremony, the only kind
legally recognized in the
Soviet Union.
Nonetheless, Tsivya and
Isreil felt married. They
thought nothing could
separate them ever, they
said; and they were right,
until the Azerbidzhani
uprising in 1989.
Before the uprising, the
physician said, many Jews
didn't want to leave the

country. They had families,
homes and automobiles.
"But then the Jews were
scapegoated," she said. Her
children and others were
fired from their jobs and her
son-in-law's office was
broken into and heavily
damaged.
The uprising saw both
Armenians and Jews
harrassed, beaten and
killed.
Tsivya's children — a
physician daughter and
lawyer son, their spouses
and their four children —
feared for their lives and
convinced her to flee with
them to America. But again,

"America is very
warm. It hugs us
like a mother."

Tsivya Shapiro

Isreil was torn between
Tsivya and Yuri, who oppos-
ed his leaving with her, so
Tsivya came to America
without her husband.
The separation was pain-
ful in more ways than one.
The tall, husky Isreil, a
World War II artillery cap-
tain who earned nine medals
for his bravery in combat,
tried to stop thugs from
beating an Armenian
woman and was himself
beaten in the street.
He spoke out at work for
the Armenians and was fired
from his job.
Fearing for his and his
grandchildren's safety, he
fled with them to Moscow for
three weeks until things
quieted in Baku.
But he missed Tsivya, who
was now living in the Jewish
Federation Apartments in
Oak Park. Over the next 10
months Isreil, author of a
book about his army experi-

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