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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 171

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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 the continuation of a formal interview with Roza Froimovna Benderskaia, and Aleksandr Grigoryevich Benderskij. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 170)

00:00:00 Benderskij addresses prewar Jewish life, as well as nature, in Nisporeni.
00:03:35 Benderskij speaks about his life during World War II. He describes how his family evacuated in 1940, via Chişinău, the Cigîrleni region 4:33; the Caucasus; Makhachkala, Russia; Türkmenbaşy (formerly: Krasnovodsk), Turkmenistan; Kazakhstan (Almaty province) In the Cigîrleni region, Benderskij was evacuated by the Red Army across the Dniester river. Benderskij describes the evacuation staging area in Türkmenbaşy and the journey through Kazakhstan to the Karaezbek 9:20 kolkhoz. Benderskij then describes his life on the kolkhoz, where he stayed for six months. His family then moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where they stayed until 1944.
00:11:59 Benderskij speaks about his return home, via Chișinău, in June 1944. He explains how he left Chișinău with his father to check upon their house in Nisporeni. They then speak about their family. Benderskij grew up as only child and Benderskaia grew up with two brothers.
00:14:19 Benderskaia speaks about her family, particularly her older brother's bar mitzvah, including food customs. She also touches upon traditional weddings and remember town musicians.
00:17:39 Benderskaia and Benderskij speak about prewar cultural life, particularly reading Yiddish books, Yiddish theater and organizations. Benderskij remembers support by the Joint Distribution Committee. They also recall meetings that were organized by chalutzim and list locals.
00:24:07 Benderskij and Benderskaia speak about Jewish life before the war, including drinking customs, occupational structure and family dishes. Benderskaia's mother was a tailor.
00:28:56 Benderskij and Benderskaia answer questions about cultural terminology. Benderskaia then addresses folk customs and shares an episode about practicing healing customs ("leshn koyln") among Christians in 1953.
00:32:38 Benderskij and Benderskaia talk about their lives after the war. He moved to Chișinău from Nisporeni in 1969 and Benderskaia in 1970. They were married in 1949. They then describe their wedding.
00:34:10 Benderskaia talks about her life during World War II. Her father worked as a secretary under the Soviet occupation. She explains how her family evacuated from Nisporeni with a horse and wagon to Reclushen 36:37, on foot to Verkhnodniprovsk, Ukraine; by train to Vladimir (Volgograd (Stalingrad) province); Taskhkent and Andijan, Uzbekistan. She recalls how her brother went missing and bombing in Moldova. Benderskaia also describes her and her family's life in Uzbekistan. In Andijan, she worked on a kolkhoz until 1944.
00:49:38 Benderskaia talks about her return to Nisporeni and life after the war. Her family rented an apartment at a Christian house, before living in two different houses, her family owned. Benderskij also speaks about his life after the war under Soviet occupation. They raised one son.
00:54:11 Benderskaia and Benderskij address prewar life in Nisporeni, including non-Jews who spoke Yiddish. They then discuss Yiddish songs and food customs.
00:58:12 End of recording.