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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 174

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Date: June 3, 2006

Participants: Rotner, Pava Naftulevna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, 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 Pava Naftulevna Rotner, nee Pavis, born 1921 in Chiperceni. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 175)

00:00:00 Rotner provides personal information and talks about her family. Her father worked at a bank and then as merchant.
00:03:51 Rotner talks about her family's life during World War II. She describes her evacuation through Balta, Ukraine. Rotner then speaks about her family. Her sister moved to America. Rotner grew up with one sister.
00:05:31 Rotner speaks about her life before the war. She worked as operator at a train station. Rotner then addresses prewar Jewish life in Chiperceni. According to her, approximately four hundred families lived there.
00:07:34 Rotner speaks about her life and education before the war. She attended a Romanian secondary school and studied at a religious school (cheder) beforehand. She also addresses the relationship between Jews and Christians. Rotner then recalls prewar religious life and observance within her family.
00:10:12 Rotner talks about prewar holiday celebration and food customs, particularly Sukkot, Passover, Sabbath, Hanukkah and Purim. She recalls how her grandfather prepared food for neighbors on Passover and her father bought matzo in Orhei. Rotner also speaks about her life before the war and explains how her mother koshered meat.
00:17:16 Rotner speaks about prewar holiday celebration, specifically Tisha B'Av, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur practices.
00:19:28 Rotner talks about prewar Jewish life, including occupational structure. Rotner's father owned a vineyeard and she recalls harvesting grapes in the summer time. Rotner remembers young chalutzim in town. Rotner then talks about her family and briefly addresses her leisure activities.
00:25:26 Rotner speaks about prewar cultural life and mentions a local Jewish musician. She also describes a local traditional wedding.
00:27:29 Rotner speaks about her family, as well as prewar Jewish institutions. She then addresses her childhood memories of her father traveling to Orhei.
00:30:31 Rotner answers questions about cultural terminology and addresses prewar drinking customs. She then remembers how her mother baked challah.
00:34:20 Rotner discusses folk customs and answers questions about cultural terminology. Rotner then speaks about her family. She raised a daughter.
00:36:09 Rotner talks about her life during World War II. She describes the evacuation journey from Balta, Ukraine to Rostov, Russia. Rotner worked on a kolkhoz in Rostov for one year. They then evacuated further, Rotner explains, to Kazakhstan. Rotner worked odd jobs including loading train cars, and was able to continue her education in Kazakhstan and Volgograd province, Russia. In Russia, Rotner worked in a clinic, after taking courses with the Red Cross.
00:39:58 Rotner speaks about her return home and life after the war. She moved to Chișinău in 1945, after staying in her home village for two days. She also addresses her family's fate during the war and mentions how Rotner's father gave her grandfather a proper burial in Orhei. Rotner's family moved in with an acquaintance for one year. Rotner also addresses her work during evacuation.
00:44:49 Rotner speaks about Jewish life in Chiperceni before the war. She particularly describes the local synagogue. She then answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire. Rotner then recalls how she collected charity for a poor local family.
00:48:51 Rotner talks about her family. She also discusses newspapers and books, she remembers from her childhood.
00:51:39 Rotner recalls childhood games and describes her father's vineyard.
00:54:24 Rotner speaks about her life after the war and how she met her husband. She was married in 1946.
00:56:19 Rotner speaks about life before the war, including fashion. She also returns to her father's vineyard and addresses her school education. Rotner then speaks about her family. Her sister moved to America.
01:01:57 End of recording.