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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 141

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Date: December 19, 2005 to December 20, 2005

Participants: Shpitalnik, Sara Solomonovna; Shmid, Khaya 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:   

The first part of this recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Klara Peisekhovna Shmid. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 140)

The second part of the recording includes a formal interview with Sara Solomonovna Shpitalnik, nee Mulchanskii, born 1928 in Chisinau. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 142) (see also: MDV 148)

00:00:00 Shmid answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:20:45 Shmid speaks about her life today, as well as her family.
00:22:37 The team concludes the formal part of the interview with Shmid. They continue to chat about life today.
00:29:13 The formal interview with Shpitalnik begins. She provides personal information and speaks about her family. Her mother was also born in Chişinău and her father was born in the Jewish colony Dumbrăveni. Shpitalnik's father worked as accountant and was a member of the Yiddish organization Kultur-lige (Culture League). Her mother worked as cashier at a firm. Shpitalnik grew up as an only child.
00:34:42 Shpitalnik addresses her childhood memories and education. She attended a Romanian school at the age of six and took private French lessons. Her family evacuated to Bukhara, Uzbekistan. She then addresses her life after the war. Shpitalnik studied French philology at the Chernivtsi university and she was married in 1951. After Shpitalnik graduated from university, she worked at a village school, teaching English and French for five years. She then found a job in Chişinău as translator at the library of the Medical Institute, where she worked for 34 years. Shpitalnik then became the head of a department, where she published journals. In the last fifteen years, Shpitalnik has worked in the local Jewish library of the Kultur-lige. She has published several books on Jewish Moldova, as well as a calendar.
00:37:52 Shpitalnik speaks about her family. She then describes her childhood home, which was located in a courtyard with twenty-five other Jewish families.
00:41:23 Shpitalnik speaks about her visits to Dumbrăveni before the war. She also addresses prewar Jewish life in Chişinău and Dumbrăveni. Shpitalnik then talks about her father, who traveled to neighboring villages at the age of twelve and worked as private religious teacher.
00:44:30 Shpitalnik talks about her education and studying Hebrew. She then returns to her family, before addressing her childhood memories of traveling.
00:49:33 Shpitalnik speaks about her education in Chişinău, as well as her mother's school education. She then addresses prewar holiday celebration (Purim, Hanukkah), including food customs. Shpitalnik recalls visiting her mother's cousin on holidays.
00:53:56 Shpitalnik speaks about prewar sports organizations, including Maccabi and Hakoach. She was a member of Hakoach. Shpitalnik recalls Yiddish apprentice schools for girls, which organized cultural evenings. Shpitalnik remembers when the Yiddish poet Yakov Shternberg visited her family and gave presentations at the apprentice schools.
00:58:30 Shpitalnik addresses prewar Yiddish press, including "Undzer tsayt" (our time). She also speaks about her family.
01:00:38 End of recording.