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 (09-007.07-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 193

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Date: June 4, 2006

Participants: Rapoport, Semyon. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Orhei, Orhei District, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

The tape is a formal interview with Semyon Rapoport, born 1945.

00:00:00 Rapoport, the president of the Jewish community in Orhei, provides information about the history of the community. The majority, roughly seventy percent, of the population was Jewish before the war. He addresses prewar religous life and mentions figures from the Orhei. Rapoport then talks about contemporary religious life.
00:04:17 Rapoport talks about prewar Jewish life and then provides personal information, as well as talks about his family. He was born 1945. His father and brother were imprisoned in the Domanyovka concentration camp, near Zaporozhye. Rapoport had four half-sisters and one half-brother. His grandparents and sisters were killed during World War II in camps. His mother was imprisoned in the Rîbniţa ghetto.
00:07:36 Rapoport talks about life after the war. His family was sent to Siberia (Irkutsk district) in 1949, as part of Stalin's antisemitic measures. His family returned in 1956. Rapoport maintains that he learned Yiddish in Siberia. He then talks about life after their return in 1956. Rapoport's father taught him how to pray.
00:12:17 Rapoport talks about religious life post-Soviet Moldova. Then the camera collects footage of the synagogue. Outside, Rapoport gives a tour of the former Jewish neighborhood. Rapoport worked as a regional economic planner. The team then concludes the interview and the camera collects outside footage of the synagogue.
00:18:11 End of recording.