Evgeniia Kozak was born in 1926 in Bershad. She attended a Ukrainian school for eight years. Her parents, who were cousins, were both born in Bershad. Her father was a furrier. She had a younger brother and sister. She survived the war in evacuation in Bezopasnik, Orlovsky Region in the Caucasus and then in Andizhanskaia in the Stalinska region in Central Asia. When she returned to Bershad after the war, in April 1944, her mother worked as a baker. She married in 1958 and has two sons. Her husband died before her second son was born, when her first son was just one and a half years old.

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Evgeniia’s Gefilte Fish

Bershad, Ukraine

1. Clean the fish
2. Fillet the fish
3. Put the fillet through a meat-mincer or chop with a chopping knife on a board
4. Add a few eggs and garlic
5. Mix in raw and fried onions
6. Add matzah meal.
7. Make cutlets
8. Fry the cutlets
9. Add raw and fried onions to a pot of water
10. Add salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar to taste
11. Cook the cutlets in the pot for 2 hours

1 whole fish
A few eggs
Raw onions
Fried onions
Matzah meal
Vegetable Oil