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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 136

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Date: December 19, 2005

Participants: Roif, Shabs Abramovich. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Chișinău, Chișinău Municipality, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

This recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Shabs Abramovich Roif. (Part 2 of 4. See MDV 135, MDV 137, and MDV 138)

00:00:00 Roif discusses his life and work after the war. He ran a kolkhoz in Duruitoarea for twenty years, where he built a chicken factory. He talks about the workers and describes his achievements. Roif left the kolkhoz in 1976.
00:09:11 Roif addresses prayer customs before the war. He then speaks about prewar holiday celebration and food customs.
00:11:29 Roif speaks about his life during World War II. He explains how his family returned home and Romanian soliders already occupied their home. According to Roif, the soldiers permitted his family to live there as well. He then describes how the Romanians assembled local Jews for deportation to a camp near Rîşcani; before Roif addresses the living conditions in the camp. Roif continues by describing the journey to the Dubyna camp, via woods near Cosăuţi, Romania.
00:20:41 Roif discusses his childhood memories of Jewish Duruitoarea. He recalls Hasidic visitors and describes how his father visited the Ştefăneşti rebbe when his mother was ill. Roif explains how the rebbe called for the doctor, who already gave up on his mother. The doctor eventually cured Roif's mother, according to him.
00:29:38 Roif returns to describing the march to the Dubyna camp, via Yampil. He describes how they arranged transportation for his mother in Yampil.
00:32:40 Roif answers questions about cultural terminology. He then describes the living conditions in camp near Rîşcani during winter. Roif describes how people buried the corpses underneath snow and planned to bury them during spring. Roif recalls people savaging the corpses.
00:36:26 Roif addresses regional Yiddish dialects. He also mentions Adrian Popovich, who rescued Jews from Chernivtsi, and historians of local Jewish history during the war.
00:39:43 Roif speaks about prewar Jewish life and traditional weddings in his home village. He also mentions matchmakers.
00:42:32 Roif speaks about his life after World War II. He served in the Red Army for five years. Roif then answers questions about cultural terminology. He then speaks about contemporary Jewish life and memorialization.
00:49:25 Roif answers questions about cultural terminology. He also speaks about contemporary Jewish life.
00:51:19 Roif answers linguistic questions about his Yiddish, as well as dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire. They also discuss Jewish languages and linguistics.
00:57:21 End of recording.