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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 158

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Date: May 22, 2006

Participants: Diner, Esfir Borisovna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger, 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 Esfir Borisovna Diner. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 157)

00:00:00 Diner talks about her life during and after the war. She was imprisoned in a Soviet gulag for three years during the war and spent two years in the Mykolayiv prison. Diner was caught in Mykolayiv, escaping the gulag in 1954 and sentenced to seven years. She explains that she was released from prison in 1956. Diner also speaks about her family. Diner then speaks about life in prison and fellow prisoners, as well as shows her handicraft, she made during the imprisonment. Diner then shows her booklet, in which she collected poems and songs during this period.
00:08:36 Diner briefly sings "Itsik hot shoyn khasene gehat" (Itzik already got married). She then speaks about prewar Jewish life in Fălești, including occupational structure, drinking customs and religious institutions. Diner also recalls a Russian doctor who treated patients for free.
00:13:06 Diner answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire, as well as questions about cultural terminology.
00:18:46 Diner speaks about her childhood friends, before she addresses her mother's cooking during the winter season. She then answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:22:37 Diner speaks about Jewish life before the war and recalls the local village idiot. She then talks about local figures and mentions religious customs.
00:27:04 Diner speaks about food customs, including dishes, at home before the war. She then speaks about her family, particularly her sister's biography.
00:31:25 Diner speaks about her life after the war, following her release from prison. She married a non-Jewish man and worked at 32:38 as engineer 32:53. Diner does not have children.
00:34:06 Diner recites a poem in Russian, before she speaks about her life today. Diner then addresses contemporary politics.
00:38:20 The team concludes the formal part of the interview with Diner. She then speaks about her family. Diner states that she was taught how to read in Romanian by her sister at the age of four.
00:40:31 The camera records pictures from Diner's book.
00:41:02 End of recording.