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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 170

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Date: June 2, 2006

Participants: Benderskaia, Roza Froimovna; Benderskij, Aleksandr Grigoryevich. 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 Roza (Reyzl) Froimovna Benderskaia, nee Gitnik, born 1927 in Nisporeni, and her husband Aleksandr (Srul) Grigoryevich Benderskij, born 1928 in Nisporeni. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 171)

00:00:00 They speak about life today.
00:00:46 The formal interview begins. They provide personal information and speak about their family. Benderskij's father, who was also born in Nisporeni, worked at his brother's vineyard. Benderskaia's father was a kosher butcher.
00:09:11 Benderskaia speaks about locals' fate in Sarai during World War II.
00:13:08 Benderskij talks about his family and his uncles' vineyard. He states that his uncles exported the wine to different countries.
00:17:03 Benderskij addresses prewar Jewish life in Nisporeni. According to him there were two synagogues and approximately four hundred people lived there. Benderskij also addresses his grandfather's observance. Benderskij worked as economist and Benderskaia was an accountant.
00:18:58 Benderskij talks about his family. They talk about their return home and mention that they gave their family members a proper burial in 1946. They then return to prewar religious life in Nisporeni.
00:23:57 Benderskaia speaks about prewar Jewish life and holiday celebration in Nisporeni. She also mentions her family and describes Sabbath celebrations and food customs at home. Benderskaia grew up with two brothers.
00:27:27 Benderskaia addresses prewar Purim and Hanukkah celebrations, including food customs, in Nisporeni.
00:30:07 Benderskaia talks about her life before the war. She also speaks about her family and her father's persecution by the Romanian state. Benderskaia evacuated to Vladivostok, Russia, during World War II. Benderskij talks about his family and education before the war. He explains how he studied at religious school (cheder).
00:33:37 Benderskij discusses his childhood memories of holiday celebration in Nisporeni. Benderskaia and Benderskij then describe locals. Benderskij maintains that his family were second class citizens.
00:37:42 Benderskaia talks about life after the war. Benderskij then speaks about his family's vinyeard and wine production. They then remember prewar Passover celebrations, including food customs.
00:42:19 Benderskij speaks about contemporary holiday celebrations. Benderskaia then speaks about their life before the war, as well as food (meat) customs. Benderskaia also shares an episode about her visit to Iaşi.
00:47:31 Benderskij addresses prewar religious life and describes how his grandfather frequently visited a rebbe in Chişinău.
00:50:34 Benderskaia speaks about food customs at home, particularly her mother's recipe for gefilte fish. Benderskij also recalls food customs at home.
00:54:35 Benderskij speaks about his life and childhood friends before the war. He also addresses childhood games and describes his life under Romanian occupation.
00:59:17 They briefly speak about Jewish life in Nisporeni after the war. Benderskij and Benderskaia also touch upon their lives during the war. He evacuated to Kazakhstan. They also talk about their family.
01:02:03 End of recording.