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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 149

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Date: December 21, 2005

Participants: Lipovetskiy, Moisha Motylevich; Kishlyansky, Grigory. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Dovid Katz.

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 Moisha Motylevich Lipovetskiy. (Part 3 of 3. See MDV 146 and MDV 148)

The second part of the recording includes a formal interview with Grigory (Ersh-Velvl) Kishlyansky, born 1930 in Briceni. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 150)

00:00:00 Lipovetskiy speaks about prewar Passover and Hanukkah celebrations. He recalls how to play dreidel, before speaking about Yiddish cultural life before the war.
00:03:04 Lipovetskiy addresses prewar theater performances, as well as his childhood memories of kindergarten.
00:05:43 Lipovetskiy shares an episode about his life under Soviet occupation before the war. He then explains the location of his childhood home.
00:09:26 The formal interview with Kishlyansky begins. He provides personal information and talks about his family. His father was a leather worker. Kishlyansky grew up with one sister and one brother. He worked as commodity deliverer.
00:14:06 Kishlyansky discusses his childhood memories of Jewish Briceni. He speaks about prewar religious life, prayer customs and his family's observance. In particular, he addresses Sabbath celebrations at home.
00:16:05 Kishlyansky speaks about his life during World War II. He recalls beatings and mentions the forced marches toward Ukraine. He then returns to Jewish life before the war. Kishlyansky attended a religious school (cheder). He also lists local synagogues.
00:18:28 Kishlyansky addresses prewar Sabbath celebrations, including food customs. He then shares his recipe for gefilte fish, before speaking about prewar Rosh Hashanah celebrations. He specifically addresses childhood games, including playing nuts and with chestnuts.
00:21:34 Kishlyansky talks about prewar Jewish life in Briceni and recalls poverty. He then speaks about prewar Yom Kippur and Sukkot celebrations.
00:24:02 Kishlyansky sings a Yiddish song about the birth of a child, before singing a song about a struggling tailor, called "Zeydenu her oys" (Listen, dear grandfather). He then sings "Vu nemt men a bisele mazel" (Where can I take some luck).
00:28:43 Kishlyansky sings a Yiddish song about Petrograd. He then speaks about his family. His mother was a tailor. He then sings a Yiddish song about a couple in love, he remembered from his mother. Kishlyansky then shares anecdotes from prewar Jewish life.
00:32:14 Kishlyansky addresses prewar Jewish life, including occupational structure, in Briceni. He then sings a Yiddish song about a kosher butcher. He then speaks about cultural life and recalls performances by Sidi Tal and Anna Gintsburg, before addressing Hasidic life.
00:36:07 Kishlyansky answers questions about cultural terminology, before mentioning traditional weddings. Kishlyansky then speaks about prewar folk and healing customs, before returning to answer questions about cultural terminology.
00:39:57 Kishlyansky speaks about his life during World War II and the invasion of the Romanian army. Kishlyansky describes the forced march, via Sokolon 42:18, he was on toward Ukraine and recalls shootings and beatings. In Sokolon, Kishlyansky describes how he was imprisoned in the Sokolon ghetto and non-Jews from Bricani sold food to prisoners once a week. After staying in Sokolon for six months, he continues, the prisoners went further toward Ukraine. Kishlyansky worked on a kolkhoz and slaughtered pigs until his liberation by the Red Army.
00:45:27 Kishlyansky speaks about his family's life and return after the war.
00:47:14 Kishlyansky sings again the Yiddish song about the birth of a child, from his childhood.
00:49:10 Kishlyansky talks about his life and work after the war. He was married in 1946. He also speaks about his family. Kishlyansky's son lives in Canada. Kishlyansky then addresses his life today.
00:51:19 Kishlyansky remembers how people in costumes went from one house to the next. He also sings the beginnings of a Purim shpiel.
00:54:26 Kishlyansky addresses prewar folk customs among non-Jews.
00:56:19 End of recording.