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 (09-010.52-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 706

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Date: May 24, 2008

Participants: Guzman, Dora Bentsionovna; Shusterman, Evgeniia Toyvovna. 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 recording begins in the middle of a formal interview with Evgeniia Toyvovna Shusterman (this recording represents the entirely of what was recorded during the May 24, 2008 interview. Another interview with Shusterman can be found on MDV 704 from May 28, 2008). She speaks about present-day Tomashpol’ and its seven remaining Jews as well as current economic troubles in Ukraine and Israel. She brings the interviewers to Dora Bentsionovna Guzman.

In a formal interview, Dora Guzman speaks about the famine in 1933 and how the non-Jewish villagers used to bring the Jews food during the wartime ghetto in Tomashpol’. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 707) She speaks briefly about her parents, her brother and her education in Yiddish and Ukrainian schools. Guzman's father worked as a postman for a shop in Tomashpol.At the beginning of her education, Guzman went to a Ukrainian school, until her father decided she should switch to a Yiddish school. At first, it was difficult for her to work in the Yiddish language. During the Great Hunger in the early 1930s, Guzman moved to her aunt and uncle to Pishchanka and finished her school education at a Ukrainian school there. She also addresses Jewish holidays and food ways, as well as briefly discussing Jewish life after the war. After the war, Guzman worked different jobs, such as accountant and inspector. She also shows the interviewers a few old photos. Guzman generally finds it difficult to speak in Yiddish. The rest of the tape consists of linguistic/dialectological data gathering.