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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 162

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Date: May 23, 2006

Participants: Muchnik, Anna Davidovna. 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 a formal interview with Anna (Khone, Khove) Davidovna Muchnik, born 1923 in Orhei. (Part 1 of 3. See MDV 163 and MDV 164)

00:00:00 Muchnik provides personal information and talks about her family. Her father owned a leather/shoe shop and was also born in Orhei. Muchnik's mother was born in Chiştelniţa. Muchnik grew up with two brothers, both of whom moved to Israel, and one sister.
00:06:13 Muchnik talks about her life, including education, before the war. She went to a Yiddish kindergarten at the age of three and then attended a Hebrew tarbut school for four years. Afterward, Muchnik studied at a Romanian secondary school and graduated in 1940. She worked as primary school teacher in Molovata between 1940 and 1941.
00:08:20 Muchnik discusses her childhood memories, as well as prewar holiday celebrations at home. She points out her father's observance and mentions that her parents were killed in Orhei during World War II. She then speaks about her family. Muchnik's older brother moved to Eretz Yisrael in 1930 and returned for his younger brother in 1935. She also touches upon childhood games.
00:11:08 Muchnik speaks about her school education at the local tarbut school and lists her awards, before talking about her secondary school education. She also describes her childhood home and friends.
00:17:25 Muchnik addresses her education and work after World War II. She studied at a technical school and worked as financial consultant for thirty years. She then speaks about her family.
00:19:21 Muchnik sings Yiddish songs about ancestry and asking questions. She then sings "Vos vet zayn? (what will happen) and "Got hot bashafn himl mit erd" (God has created heaven and earth). Muchnik also briefly sings a Yiddish song about longing, before she sings a Hebrew song, she remembers from tarbut school. She then sings Yiddish songs about the kosher butcher's daughter and rebbe.
00:27:10 Muchnik addresses religious customs at home. She points out the different prayer customs between herself and her father. She then recites the morning prayer "Modeh ani" and recalls prewar Passover celebrations at home.
00:30:19 Muchnik speaks about prewar religious life and holiday celebration, particularly Sabbath, in Orhei. She describes how her parents invited soldiers on holidays and mentions the family's Sabbath goy.
00:35:18 Muchnik describes Sabbath food customs at home and shares her recipe for gefilte fish. She also addresses her mother's baking.
00:40:46 Muchnik discusses her childhood memories of Simchat Torah celebrations at her grandfather's house. She also addresses prewar religious life and Hasidic locals. In particular, Muchnik recalls how her grandfather put visiting rebbes up.
00:45:04 Muchnik talks about her adolescence. She was a member of the local underground group of the Zionist youth organization Gordonia. She then briefly talks about her life during World War II, before talking about Passover celebrations at home.
00:49:57 Muchnik addresses prewar holiday celebrations at home, including Sukkot, Passover, Hanukkah. She describes the family's sukkah and lists Hanukkah dishes.
00:55:47 Muchnik discusses her childhood memories of holiday celebration of home. She mentions that her mother visited the local rebbe for advice. Muchnik then addresses prewar Purim celebrations.
00:58:51 Muchnik speaks about prewar and postwar traditional weddings. She then addresses Shavuot celebrations and food customs before the war.
01:01:56 End of recording.