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 (09-010.06-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 372

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Date: July 18, 2002

Participants: Bershad'skaya Elizaveta Konstantinovna; Shor, Anatolii Petrovich; Vygodner, Efim; Kozak, Evgeniia Abramovna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger.

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

Language: Yiddish

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The first part of the recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Elizaveta Bershad'skaya. (Part 3 of 3. See MDV 370 and MDV 371) In this segment, she continues to discuss Jewish food and cooking customs. She continues to answer dialectological questions about the Yiddish language.

The second part of the recording includes a tour of the former Jewish Bershad, led by Efim Vygodner. The interview team travels from the home of Bershad'skaya to the apartment of Anatolii Shor with Efim Vygodner, the Director of the Jewish Community of Bershad’. Vygodner points out Jewish sites on the way.

The third part includes a formal interview with Anatolii (Naftole) Petrovich Shor, born 1922 in Bershad. (Part 1 of 3. See MDV 373 and MDV 374) He tells about his parents and his childhood in Bershad’. He went to a Yiddish school for four years and then finished his education in a Ukrainian school. He tells how his parents celebrated the Sabbath with a focus on food customs. He brings out a prayer book and briefly demonstrates how he used to pray.

00:00:00 Bershadskaya addresses food customs on Sabbath. She then answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:07:01 Bershadskaya talks about prewar Purim celebrations. She also addresses prewar Yiddish cultural life. She then continues to answer dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:14:43 Bershadskaya speaks about prewar Jewish life in her home village. The team then concludes the formal part of the interview with Bershadskaya and the camera records footage of her apartment.
00:16:25 Vygodner and the team drive through Bershad, while he points out the former Jewish neighborhood.
00:19:04 The interview with Shor begins. He talks about life today, before providing personal information.
00:21:13 Shor provides personal information.
00:21:39 Shor provides personal information and speaks about his family. Shor's father was also born in Bershad and was a leather and fur worker. His mother was also born in Bershad. Shor grew up with two brothers, one of whom moved to Australia and one sister, who made aliyah.
00:25:54 Shor discusses his life and education before the war. He attended a Yiddish school for four years and finished his school education at a Ukrainian school. Shor then speaks about his Yiddish school education. He also writes Yiddish words on a piece of paper.
00:31:50 Shor answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:34:06 Shor lists Yiddish writers, before reciting from his prayer book.
00:36:51 Shor speaks about prewar Sabbath celebrations, including food customs at home.
00:38:51 End of recording.