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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: E. E. Gopshtein papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1916-1981
    Collection number: 93068
    Creator: Gopshtein, E. E.
    Collection Size: 9 manuscript boxes (3.7 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Diaries, and historical, biographical and bibliographical writings, relating to the history of the Crimea, especially during the period from the Russian Revolution to the 1950s; the history of publishing in the Crimea during this period; notable persons of the Crimea, especially artists; the Jewish community of Simferopol'; and the German occupation of Simferopol' during World War II. Includes some later correspondence relating to the writings of E. E. Gopshtein.
    Language: Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], E. E. Gopshtein Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information


    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (14 reels).


    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1885 Born, Simferopol, Crimea
    Before 1917 Worked for an insurance company and for the Azov-Don Bank
    1917-1918 Manager, Finance Department, City of Simferopol
    1918 Manager, Crimean Communal Bank
    1941 December 11 – 1944 April 13 Lived in a hiding place during the German occupation of Simferopol
    1960 Died

    Scope and Content Note

    The papers of Evsei Efimovich Gopshtein were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1993 from his granddaughter Margaret A. Hopstein and from Leonid Hmelevsky, III. They represent only part of his archives, as some papers were destroyed during World War II and others are in Moscow. As for the very large library on the Crimea that Gopshtein had collected, it was stolen during the war.
    Gopshtein was the only one out of 14,000 Jews in Simferopol to survive the killings and deportations when his city came under German occupation, hiding as he did in the one-room apartment of a friend for twenty-eight months. (Gopshtein had asked for her help because he had hidden her cousin, a White Russian Vrangel army officer, from the Bolsheviks some twenty years before.) An account of that experience, as well as an interview he gave in August 1944, can be found in the biographical file. Also important are Gopshtein's diaries, of which the Archives holds those parts that cover the war period.
    But the bulk of the collection consists of his bibliographical work and writings. Gopshtein was an avid bibliographer and historian, and compiled many bibliographies of publications relating to the history and people of the Crimea, primarily to its Jewish population.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.


    Ukraine--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
    Publishers and publishing--Ukraine--Crimea.
    Crimea (Ukraine)--Biography.
    Simferopol' (Ukraine)--History.
    World War, 1939-1945--Ukraine--Simferopol'.
    Ukraine--History--German occupation, 1941-1944.
    Russia (Federation)
    Soviet Union.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    Crimea (Ukraine)--History.