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 (09-010.06-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 377

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Date: May 14, 2008

Participants: Gvinter, Nukhim Moiseevich. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster and Jeffrey Veidlinger.

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

Language: Yiddish

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The recording is a formal interview with Nukhim Moiseevich (Moshkovich) Gvinter, born 1936 in Bershad'. (Part 2 of 4. See MDV 378, MDV 380, and Accession # 09-010.54-F MDV 741) He is Sara Yankelevna Gvinter's brother-in-law. Nukhim Gvinter discusses his life as a carpenter in Bershad’. He talks about his family and his father's work as a carpenter. He tells his early memories of Jewish life in Bershad’, and of the Bershad’ ghetto during World War II. After the war he worked in a textile factory.

00:00:00 Gvinter talks about his family and life today. His father was a tailor. Gvinter grew up with a sister as well.
00:03:21 Gvinter talks about his work during the Soviet period. He worked in a sewing factory. He then talks about his life today and provides personal information.
00:07:19 Gvinter talks about his family, particularly his brother Yuzek (Sara Yankelevna Gvinter's husband). He was a cobbler. Gvinter grew up with four brothers and his two sons live in Israel. Gvinter also raised a daughter.
00:17:29 Gvinter talks about his family, specifically his parents. His father was a cobbler and also born in Bershad. Gvinter's mother was also born in Bershad and was a milliner. He also describes his mother's and wife's cooking.
00:25:42 Gvinter talks about his life and work during the postwar Soviet period. He served in the Red Army from 1955 through 1958. Gvinter then describes his military training in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Gvinter left the army with the rank of sergeant. Gvinter then talks about his family and visits to Israel.
00:36:40 Gvinter speaks about his life and neighbors today, as well as his family. He then addresses his childhood memories and family in prewar Bershad. Gvinter describes his father's work.
00:39:39 Gvinter speaks about his family, as well as prewar Jewish life in Bershad. He recalls how his mother baked bread in a local synagogue. Gvinter then talks about contemporary commemoration and religious life. He also addresses prayer customs today.
00:44:09 Gvinter speaks about prewar holiday celebration. He recalls his mother and grandmother attending holiday services. Gvinter also addresses holiday food customs. He then talks about religious life in Bershad during the postwar Soviet period. In particular, Gvinter shares an episode about a local official who checked in on the community.
00:47:43 Gvinter talks about Purim celebration, including food customs, before addressing Yom Kippur.
00:49:31 Gvinter speaks about his life during World War II. He was imprisoned in the Bershad ghetto. Gvinter remembers fellow inmates and recalls his liberation. He then talks about his life after the war. Gvinter addresses his work at a sewing factory. He graduated from a Russian school after ten years.
00:53:17 Gvinter addresses his life in the Bershad ghetto. He specifically shares an episode when his mother prepared food. Gvinter also remembers how his family hid a Jewish partisan, before he talks about his family's life after the war.
00:58:49 Gvinter talks about his life today, as well as his family. One of his brothers moved to America. He also addresses the possibilities of aliyah.
01:01:29 Gvinter talks about his life after the war. He remembers his wedding in 1958.
01:02:30 End of recording.