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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 176

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Date: June 3, 2006

Participants: Manevich, Fania Gershevna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Chișinău, Chișinău Municipality, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

The recording is a formal interview with Fania (Fanye) Gershevna Manevich, nee Gershteyn, born 1923 in Tiraspol.

00:00:00 Manevich provides personal information.
00:03:36 Manevich speaks about her life before the war. She then talks about her family. Her parents were also born in Tiraspol. Manevich's father worked at a mechanical plant. She also describes her grandparent's home.
00:11:19 Manevich speaks about her family, particularly her siblings. She grew up with two sisters and one brother. Her sisters live in Israel and America. Manevich's brother, who was an officer in the Red Army, died during World War II.
00:12:52 Manevich speaks about prewar Jewish life in Tiraspol. She also discusses her childhood memories of attending the synagogue on holidays. Manevich then speaks about her education, including subjects, at a Yiddish school. Manevich also recites a Russian poem.
00:18:00 Manevich speaks about her life and education before the war. In particular, she describes dance lessons at the Yiddish school.
00:20:13 Manevich speaks about her life during World War II in evacuation in Central Asia. She then returns to her school education at the Yiddish school, before recalling her grandparent's visits.
00:25:43 Manevich speaks about her family and life before the war. She also touches upon Yiddish literature. She then talks about prewar holiday celebration at home. Manevich also lists non-Jewish holidays.
00:31:21 Manevich talks about her life after the war. She worked as accountant. She then addresses prewar Purim celebrations. She also mentions the Yiddish school with a library, where she studied for seven years. Manevich finished her secondary education at a Russian school.
00:34:16 Manevich speaks about prewar cultural life and recalls touring Yiddish theater troupes. She also mentions performances by Sidi Tal. Manevich then addresses postwar Yiddish performances in Chişinău.
00:36:16 Manevich addresses her education at the Yiddish school and discusses Jewish life in prewar Tiraspol. She also briefly addresses her life after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
00:39:16 Manevich speaks about her life after the war during the Soviet period. She moved to Chişinău in 1955. Manevich raised a daughter.
00:41:03 Manevich talks about her education, including teachers, at the Yiddish school. She then addresses prewar Jewish life in Tiraspol, including occupational structure. Manevich also recalls childhood friends and describes how she met her husband. She then remembers her wedding.
00:47:24 Manevich speaks about her family in Bender.
00:49:41 Manevich briefly talks about her life during World War II, before addressing her family. She also touches upon religious customs.
00:55:06 Manevich answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire. She also speaks about contemporary religious life and talks about Jewish life in Birobidzhan.
00:58:49 Manevich speaks about her life before and after the war.
01:01:21 The team concludes the interview with Manevich.
01:01:40 End of recording.