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 (09-010.06-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 378

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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:   

This recording is a continuation of an interview with Nukhim Gvinter. (Part 3 of 4. See MDV 377, MDV 380, and Accession # 09-010.54-F MDV 741) Gvinter discusses life and politics today and remembers the song "Lomir forn keyn Palestine" (let's go to Palestine) sung in the Bershad ghetto. They then talk about the city Bela Tserkov (Bila Tserkva) and he answers a few questions about Yiddish cultural terminology.

Gvinter discusses life in the Bershad’ ghetto during World War II. Gvinter mentions how people from other regions ("griner") were shot at the stadium. The conversation turns to life before the war and non-Jews who spoke a few words in Yiddish. The conversation moves to life today and Yiddish songs.

Gvinter had to sell his shoe store and the difficulties he encountered with neighbors. He then returns to talking about life today and his best moment in life when he returned from the army and married 1958. His mother-in-law provided an apartment for the newly weds. His three children were born in 1959, 1963, and 1970. The conversation moves to his family, in particular his siblings. He talks about Jewish life in Bershad’ after the war, and about the closing of synagogues. Gvinter remembers how they left open one synagogue during the postwar Soviet period. The Great Synagogue was turned into a cinema. The tape concludes with a discussion of life today. He remembers his friend Velvl, whose house Gvinter was supposed to sell after he passed away.

00:30:35 End of recording.