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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 178

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Date: June 9, 2006

Participants: Rojtman, Raisa Shabsovna. 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 Raisa (Raye) Shabsovna Rojtman, nee Rubel, born 1926 in Vadul Rascov. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 179)

00:00:00 Rojtman provides personal information and speaks about her family. Her mother was also born in Vadul Raşcov. Rojtman's father was born in Rezina and was a worker. Rojtman grew up with one brother, who died in evacuation.
00:06:15 Rojtman speaks about her recent visit to Vadul Raşcov. She also addresses prewar Jewish life in town. She then returns to her family. Her paternal grandparents moved to Argentina before World War II. Rojtman also has relatives in Israel.
00:08:45 Rojtman discusses her childhood memories of her home and neighbors. She also addresses prewar Jewish life. According to Rojtman, there were three synagogues in town. Rojtman recalls positive relations between Jews and non-Jews.
00:12:05 Rojtman talks about her life and education before the war. She attended a Romanian primary school for four years and then studied at a Romanian secondary school in Botoșani. Rojtman mentions a letter exchange between herself and her grandfather in Yiddish. She then recites a poem in Romanian.
00:13:57 Rojtman discusses her childhood memories and recalls her friends. She then addresses prewar cultural life, as well as her private religious education. Rojtman also speaks about her family's observance and prewar holiday celebration, particularly Passover, at home.
00:19:52 Rojtman talks about prewar holiday celebration, including Purim and Simchat Torah. She then speaks about prewar Jewish life in Vadul Raşcov and mentions Jewish and non-Jewish locals.
00:26:32 Rojtman addresses her life before the war and leisure activities. She also discusses prewar cultural life, including local Klezmer music, traditional weddings and organizations (Gordonia, Maccabi). Rojtman recalls chalutzim and libraries.
00:31:56 Rojtman speaks about the contemporary community. She then describes prewar Simchat Torah celebrations, before recalling visitors from abroad.
00:35:35 Rojtman talks about prewar high holiday celebration, before addressing Sukkot and Sabbath celebrations. She explains how her friends frequently came to her house on Sabbath. Rojtman also describes her mother's cooking and dishes for Sabbath. She then addresses religious customs.
00:41:22 Rojtman speaks about prewar religious life. She then speaks about daily life in Vadul Raşcov. Rojtman then addresses prewar folk and healing customs, as well as describes a local Romanian healer.
00:47:50 Rojtman answers questions about food and cultural terminology. She also addresses prewar religious life and describes locals.
00:52:15 Rojtman speaks about her life after World War II. She is physician. Rojtman then talks about her family and prewar Jewish life. Rojtman also describes her father's work as merchant.
00:55:32 Rojtman talks about her life before the war, including childhood friends and activities.
00:59:06 Rojtman answers questions about cultural terminology and addresses prewar drinking customs.
01:02:18 End of recording.