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Sofia Palatnikova

Sofia Palatnikova

born in Teplyk , 1927


Sofia Palatnikova 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.

Current Video: Sonye's Gefilte Fish


1. Fillet the fish and save the skin

2. Grind the fillet through a meat-mincer, or chop with a chopping knife

3. Mix in raw and fried onions

4. Mix in pepper, salt, and eggs

5. Add matzah meal or dry biscuit crumbs

6. Stuff the mixture back into the skin

7. Place stuffed fish on a pan, and fry briefly with carrots, raw and

fried onions, bay leaf, pepper, and salt

8. Cook on a low flame for two hours

9. Arrange on a platter with the head, the stuffed middle, and the tail.


1 whole fish

Onions - grated

Onions - fried


Bay leaf



Matzah meal or Dry biscuit crumbs


Vegetable oil.