Tatiana Marinina is the sister of Sofia Palatnikova. She was born in 1921 in Teplyk. Her father was a butcher.In the 1930s, she moved to the Lunacharskii collective farm in Crimea. She completed three grades at a Yiddish school in Crimea, and then attended a Russian-language school in Simferopol. After finishing pedagogical training,she worked for two years in an ethnic German village. She survived the war in the Bershad and Raygorod camps. After the war, she worked procuring livestock and later as a German teacher at an evening school. She has a daughter and a son, who lives in Germany.

Seder on a Kolkhoz

Teplyk, Ukraine

Tatiana Marinina of Teplyk, who spent much of the 1930s living on the Lunacharskii collective farm in Crimea with her sister Sofia Palatnikova, recalls how Passover brought the whole collective farm together.
Between 1923 and 1938, the American Joint Distribution Committee cooperated with the Soviet government in establishing Jewish colonies throughout Crimea. The Kremlin believed that Jewish settlements would be an effective buffer against ethnic minorities like Germans and Crimean Tatars, who the Kremlin viewed as hostile to Bolshevik power. The Soviet government and the Joint also viewed the project as an opportunity to promote farming among Jews. Dozens of Jewish collective farms were established in the region during these years.