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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 140

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Date: December 19, 2005

Participants: Shmid, Klara Peisekhovna. 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 a formal interview with Klara (Khayke) Peisekhovna Shmid, nee Glikman, born 1917 in the village of Onitskan, district of Orgeyev. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 141)

00:00:00 Shmid provides personal information and speaks about her family. Shmid's father was also born in Onitskan Orgeyev and her mother was born in Chişinău. Her father worked in agriculture.
00:03:35 Shmid discusses her childhood memories of Onitskan. She describes the children's religious education and recalls prayer customs.
00:06:23 Shmid speaks about her siblings. She grew up with two sisters and four brothers.
00:08:01 Shmid speaks about prewar holiday celebration, providing information for each holiday. According to her, the community rented a house and hired a cantor for the High Holidays. Shmid then describes Sabbath food customs, as well as meals for break-fast.
00:12:31 Shmid talks about prewar life in her home village. She recalls a local who converted to Christianity. Shmid also describes prewar religious life in the village. She explains that religious infrastructure existed in a neighboring village.
00:15:23 Shmid speaks about prewar traditional weddings. She then shares her recipe for gefilte fish and then latkes.
00:17:58 Shmid addresses folk customs and shares a story about averting the evil eye. She then answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:22:50 Shmid speaks about her life during World War II. She moved to Chişinău after her wedding, before the war. She evacuated with her mother- and father-in-law to Uzbekistan, via a kolkhoz in Russia. Shmid worked for four years in Uzbekistan. She then addresses her family's fate during the war.
00:26:28 Shmid speaks about her life after the war, after she returned to Chişinău. Shmid worked at a hat factory. Shmid's parents died in evacuation and her siblings returned from evacuation. One of her brothers immigrated to America before the war.
00:31:09 Shmid talks about her family. One of her sisters made aliyah and another sister moved to Germany. She then speaks about her life today. Shmid raised a daughter and her son-in-law Misha lives in the same apartment. She then shows family photographs.
00:35:41 Shmid answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
01:02:21 End of recording.