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 (09-008.05-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 262

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Date: May 27, 2006

Participants: Chajim, Ichak. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Hîrlău, Iași County, Romania

Language: Yiddish, Romanian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Romanians

 Recording Content:   

The recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Ichak Chajim. (Part 2 of 4. See MDV 263, MDV 265, and MDV 266)

00:00:00 Chajim speaks about his family and life today. He also mentions anecdotes about religious life.
00:08:02 The camera records Chajim recording kaddish.
00:15:53 The camera collects of the synagogue and community.
00:17:33 Chajim speaks about his life during World War II as forced laborer in the Romanian army (see also MDV 263,265).
00:19:46 Chajim provides personal information and speaks about his wedding.
00:21:10 Chajim recites his own songs about a life long gone, as well as his father's proverbs.
00:24:00 Chajim briefly talks about his prewar education at a religious school (cheder). He then remembers snippets of Yiddish songs.
00:26:24 Chajim speaks about his family's observance during his childhood. He also addresses holiday food customs.
00:28:02 Chajim speaks about the places he worked as forced laborer.
00:30:21 Chajim discusses his childhood memories, including education. He also briefly returns to his work as forced laborer and then speaks about his family's observance.
00:35:52 Chajim addresses his life before the war in Podu Iloaiei. He also speaks about his life during World War II, before addressing prewar religious life, including synagogues in Podu Iloaiei.
00:37:29 Chajim speaks about his life and work during the postwar Soviet period. He then addresses his visit to Israel.
00:40:18 Chajim speaks about his wedding and family. He got married in 1929.
00:42:31 Chajim talks about prewar Sabbath celebrations, before mentioning friends, who attended his wedding. He then refers to religious life today, including a prayer for Yom Kippur.
00:47:21 Chajim speaks about playing trumpet for the military band during the war. He then shares prewar conventional wisdom.
00:51:09 Chajim provides personal information and speaks about his family.
00:53:16 Chajim speaks about prewar Sabbath and Purim celebrations, including food customs.
00:55:44 Chajim mentions how he met his wife and states that he picked her over a girl from a wealthy family. He then speaks his life today and describes his home and animals.
00:57:49 Chajim speaks about religious customs he observes and mentions his family's hanukia.
01:02:20 End of recording.