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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 137

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Date: December 19, 2005

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

Location recorded: Chișinău, Chișinău Municipality, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

The first part of the recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Shabs Abramovich Roif. For the second part of the recording Zelda (Zine) Davidovna Roif, nee Reiser, born 1930 in Iași, joins the conversation. (Part 3 of 4. See MDV 135, MDV 136, and MDV 138)

00:00:00 Roif speaks about the contemporary community and his support. They also speak about the Yiddish writer Yankl Yakir and his family.
00:07:24 They discuss Jewish history and local figures.
00:08:30 Roif speaks about prewar Jewish life in Duruitoarea. In particular, he mentions a girl who converted to Christianity. He then remembers a Yiddish song about this topic and local Christians who spoke Yiddish.
00:12:55 Roif answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:13:52 Roif's wife Zelda joins the conversation and sings the earlier mentioned Yiddish song about a girl who converted to Christianity. She then explains where she learned the song.
00:18:31 Zelda sings a Yiddish song about the request to be human. They then discuss the community.
00:23:08 Roif addresses prewar Jewish life and sense of community in his home village.
00:25:15 Zelda speaks about her family and addresses her family's friends.
00:28:07 Zelda sings a Yiddish song about life in the camp and longing for a life back home, she learned in the Dubyna camp.
00:30:54 Zelda sings a Yiddish song about a bad pupil in religious school (cheder). She then sings a Yiddish song about a drunkard. Zelda then describes from whom she learned the songs in Edineț.
00:34:44 Zelda talks about prewar traditional weddings. She then speaks about her family in America.
00:42:42 They answer linguistic questions. Zelda then addresses prewar Passover celebrations and her family.
00:48:47 Roif and Zelda share the episode about how they met. They then discusses acquaintances and friends.
00:53:00 Roif speaks about religious life after World War II. In particular, he addresses food customs for Passover celebrations within his family.
01:00:34 End of recording.