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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 163

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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 the continuation of a formal interview with Anna Davidovna Muchnik. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 162 and MDV 164)

00:00:00 Muchnik speaks about her life before the war and talks about her family. In particular, she speaks about her brother, who prepared his aliyah to Eretz Yisrael as chalutz.
00:09:56 Muchnik speaks about the Romanian Fascist regime instigated activities before the war. She recalls looting and describes local Romanian gatherings.
00:16:01 Muchnik speaks about prewar religious life. She maintains that her father attended daily services at the market synagogue and the Great Synagogue on holidays. Muchnik remembers the cantor in the Great Synagogue. She then shares an episode about spending Rosh Hashana at a Romanian police officer's house.
00:25:12 Muchnik speaks about her life before the war, specifically sharing an episode about her work as school teacher. Muchnik also her addresses her book collection.
00:28:57 Muchnik speaks about her education at the local tarbut school. She sings a song, written by Hayim Nahman Bialik. Muchnik then talks about individual family members, who faced state persecution in during the 1940s and 1950s.
00:34:07 Muchnik speaks about postwar Yiddish culture in Orhei. She recalls performances by Sidi Tal. Muchnik then speaks about her family's and local's fate during World War II.
00:39:12 Muchnik speaks about religious life today, including her visits to Orhei to visit her relatives' graves.
00:44:03 Muchnik discusses her childhood home and family's observance. In particular, she addresses the generational gap between her Hasidic grandfather and her non-Hasidic father.
00:47:16 Muchnik answers questions about cultural terminology. She then speaks about her maternal wealthy grandfather. Muchnik then shares episodes about prewar local life and recalls a non-Jew who got along with locals.
00:53:02 Muchnik talks about her life today. She then answers questions about cultural terminology and discusses religious customs for women.
00:57:11 Muchnik explains family photographs and speaks about her life today, as well as mentions artifacts for the local museum. Muchnik also talks about her sister's studies.
01:01:29 Muchnik answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire. She also speaks about her life today.
01:02:08 End of recording.