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 (09-010.18-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 449

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Date: May 14, 2003

Participants: Katz, Genrikh Moiseevich. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger.

Location recorded: Ivano-Frankivs'k, Ivano Frankivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The tape is a continuation of a formal interview with Genrikh Moiseevich Katz. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 448 and MDV 450)

00:00:00 Katz discusses holiday celebrations, including Shavuot and Yom Kippur. He then talks about a Sabbath goy he remembers from home and food customs. Katz also addresses non-Jews who spoke Yiddish, antisemitism, football clubs, and drama circles. Katz then lists political organizations, including Hashomer Hatzair, Gordonya, Poale Zion, the Bund.
00:11:44 Katz sings a Sabbath song and talks about prewar Yiddish theater plays and Jewish professions. He then discusses religious life.
00:17:23 Katz answers questions about cultural terminology and recalls the play “The Dybbuk” performed by the Vilna troupe in Stanislav in 1924.
00:30:01 Katz discusses his childhood memories and education. He studied 31:15 at a handicraft school in Lviv and took exams in lock smithy. Katz states that he was unemployed in Tlumach until the territory was occupied by the Soviets and he found work at 32:20. Katz also mentioned his traditional wedding at the rebbe’s house. He then talks about his life during the war. He was drafted into the Red Army and served in the labor battalion. Among other places, Katz was sent to a place eighty kilometers from Stalingrad, before his battalion arrived in Stalingrad. Katz continues that he became ill and worked in a factory for military goods eighteen hours a day. He was then sent to another factory in Kirov, Russia, where he worked until 1947. That year Katz moved to Ivano Frankivsk.
00:36:10 Katz talks about religious life after the war in Stanislav (today Ivano Frankivsk). Katz mentions his friends in Israel.
00:41:01 Katz answers a series of dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
01:02:25 End of Recording.