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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 172

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Date: June 2, 2006

Participants: Dajch, Dora Abramovna. 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 Dora (Dvoyre) Abramovna Dajch, nee Pinkinzon, born 1915 Nisporeni. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 173)

00:00:00 Dajch provides personal information.
00:01:05 Dajch provides personal information and talks about her family. Her father was born in Făleşti and passed away when Dajch was three years old. He worked as deliverer. Dajch's mother was also born in Nisporeni. She grew up with four sisters and one brother. Dajch's sister made aliyah.
00:07:23 Dajch discusses childhood memories of her grandparents. She also speaks about her life after her father passed away. Dajch's step-father owned a grocery shop, where she helped out.
00:10:30 Dajch speaks about her life before the war. She attended a middle school and also worked for a tailor. Dajch then worked different jobs, including at a bank (at the age of thirteen), law office, the city hall and in Iași from 1931 until 1936. Dajch then describes her return home, to Nisporeni, to work in her sister's shop. Among otherh things, Dajch sewed clothes. Her sister was married to a chalutz and they earned money to make aliyah.
00:13:00 Dajch speaks about her family's life before the war. She also remembers presentations, organized by Zionist organizations. Dajch describes how her sister and brother-in-law attended meetings for chalutzim.
00:16:37 Dajch addresses her childhood memories and education. She attended a Romanian school, starting at the age of six. Dajch then speaks about her mother's observance and describes religious customs at home.
00:19:29 Dajch talks about prewar celebrations of Yom Kippur. She describes how her mother practiced the ceremony for repentance ("shlogn kapores"). She then speaks about her life, including work in the city hall, before the war.
00:22:44 Dajch discusses her childhood memories of games. She also speaks about her family's observance and addresses her mother's cooking. In particular, Dajch remembers Yom Kippur celebrations.
00:29:00 Dajch recites a Yiddish poem about an educated girl in Warsaw, she learned from her mother during her childhood. She then addresses her adolescence and books she read.
00:33:26 Dajch speaks about her life before the war and describes how she met her husband, who spent a year in prison in 1940. She then recalls her first visit to Chișinău. Dajch also lived in Hînceştii before the war. After the war, she worked as accountant in Nisporeni and moved to Chișinău in 1957.
00:38:07 Dajch talks about prewar Jewish life in Nisporeni, including synagogue structure. She also addresses holiday celebration, occupational structure, locals and activities of the youth.
00:44:20 Dajch speaks about her family, particularly her mother's observance. She also mentions how her mother married off successfully her daughters. She then speaks about life before the war and non-Jews who spoke Yiddish.
00:46:48 Dajch recites the poem again. She also addresses her childhood memories and speaks about her family.
00:49:36 Dajch sings a song in Romanian. She then speaks about her mother's work.
00:53:05 Dajch answers questions about cultural terminology. She then speaks about her life in Iași before the war and recalls performances by Joseph Schmidt. Dajch then addresses prewar holiday celebration, specifically Purim and Sukkot. She recalls gypsy musicians and children wearing masks.
00:57:04 Dajch addresses prewar cultural life. She recalls cantors visiting. Dajch then talks about folk and healing customs and shares episodes when her mother practiced them.
01:01:42 End of recording.