This tape begins with the conclusion of a linguistic and dialectological interview with Tsila Borisovna in Mohyliv-Podil’s’kyy. (Part 3 of 3. See Accession # 09-010.31-F MDV 582 and MDV 583)
The tape then cuts to the streets of Tomashpol’. Dov-Ber Kerler approaches the home of Sonia (Sure) Romanovna Reznik (née Kordonskaya), who was born in a nearby village. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 695) Reznik begins the interview talking about life before the war, her education and her work as an accountant. During the war, Reznik was evacuated further east in the Soviet Union and, eventually, to a kolkhoz. She also shares her memories of her family, including her grandfather, parents and siblings, as well as the religious customs they practiced and the games she played with them as a child. She also discusses general Jewish religious life before the war, the town’s synagogues, and how, in the later postwar Soviet period, Jews used to gather in private homes to pray.
Reznik’s sister-in-law, Liza (Leyke) Petrunenko joins the interview. She was born in Rakovka. She speaks about her parents and life before the war, as well as her school years in Tomashpol at a Ukrainian school. Her father worked at the kolkhoz "Gigant," where she also worked during her school years. She was trained for six months at the Vinnytsya Medical Institute and worked as a disinfector at a hospital for 47 years. Both interviewees remember non-Jews who spoke Yiddish both before the war and even today. Reznik shows Kerler the remaining mezuzahs in her house above every doorway and window and gives a brief tour of her traditional shtetl house.
The last second of the tape switches very briefly to an interview with Donia (Dobe) Shoilevna Presler in Tul’chyn. (Part 1 of 2. See Accession # 09-010.53-F MDV 712)