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 (09-007.07-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 191

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Date: June 4, 2006

Participants: Mundrian, Frida Izrailevna. Interviewed by Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Orhei, Orhei District, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

This recording is a formal interview with Frida (Freyde) Izrailevna Mundrian, born 1937 in Susleny.

00:00:00 Mundrian talks about her family and prewar Jewish life in Susleny, which was a wealthy Jewish town according to her. Her mother worked in the hospital after the war.
00:00:00 Mundrian provides personal information and talks about her family. Her father was born in 01:25 Novoseltsy*. Her father owned a shop and delivered goods before the war. Mundrian grew up an only child, although her mother gave birth to two sons.
00:04:16 Mundrian talks about her life after the war. She studied to become a wet nurse between 1953 and 1956 in Orhei and then worked as a nurse in a hospital. Mundrian then talks about prewar Jewish life and her family in Susleny.
00:06:12 Mundrian discusses her family’s life after the war, returning from evacuation in 1945. Her father died on the front during the war. Her family lived in Susleny until 1956. Mundrian’s cousins live in Israel. She got married in 1957. She also addresses her husband’s family.
00:13:58 Mundrian discusses holiday celebrations, including food customs. She also talks about how people secretly baked matzos and the difficulties to acquire meat, as well as shares a recipe of gefilte fish.
00:20:09 Mundrian talks about using the Yiddish language among her family. She then talks about living in a communal apartment in the 1960s together with Jews and non-Jews. Mundrian then discusses Purim celebration after the war, her son’s bar mitzvah, and a positive relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish students after the war.
00:28:15 Mundrian talks about prewar Jewish life in Susleny, in particular occupations. She also talks about life after the war.
00:31:46 Mundrian talks about her life during the war in evacuation. She evacuated with her mother to the Caucasus, where her mother worked on a kolkhoz. Mundrian then describes the difficult journey home from evacuation.
00:34:16 Mundrian talks about prewar political organizations, particularly chalutzim, as well as life before the war and her family. She then addresses traditional weddings, Mundrian heard about from her mother.
00:42:34 Mundrian answers questions about cultural terminology and talks about prewar religious life. Mundrian then talks about food customs at home, before addressing traditional healing methods. Mundrian shares episodes when her mother took relatives to a local healer. Mundrian continues to answer questions about cultural terminology.
00:59:28 Mundrian talks about her family and life after the war.
01:01:59 End of recording.