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 (09-010.52-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 705

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Date: May 28, 2007

Participants: Futiran, Alexei Romanovich. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Tomashpol', Vinnyts'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

This tape consists of a formal interview with Aleksei (Iler) Romanovich Futiran (b. 1925 in Tomashpol’). Futiran expresses pride in the fact that his family all comes from the same town. His father Rivn was a coachman (balegole) and he remembers a couple of coachman stories from his father about the harsdships of this profession. He is named after his paternal grandfather Elye. Futiran’s mother Udl was an orphan, also born in Tomashpol’; she worked in the home as a mother of six children (five boys and one girl). Futiran has been married twice, the second time to a non-Jewish woman.

His two sons live in Israel and Moscow. Futiran has worked as a carpenter before and as a hatmaker after the war. As a child, he attended both Yiddish and Ukrainian-language schools, and he remembers a Jewish library in the town before the war. Futiran also briefly mentions the famine in the 1930s. During the war, Futiran was evacuated away from the town to the Far East. From pre-war life, he recalls that Yiddish theater troupes would come through the town and that there were eight synagogues. At the end of the interview, Futiran shows the research team his Singer sewing machine and hat making workshop in the back of his house.