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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 181

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Date: June 10, 2006

Participants: Shmid, Klara Peisekhovna and Gordin, Mikhail Isaakovich. 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 Klara Peisekhovna Shmid. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 182) (see also: MDV 140, 141)

00:00:00 Shmid talks about her family.
00:01:06 The formal interview with Shmid begins.
00:02:06 Shmid provides personal information.
00:03:18 Shmid speaks about her family. Her brother moved to America in 1916. She raised one daughter. She then addresses her childhood memories of her family's life, specifically her father's work in agriculture.
00:07:19 Shmid addresses prewar holiday celebration at home. She recalls going to synagogue services on Yom Kippur in Chișinău. She then speaks about her life and education before the war. Shmid attended a primary school at the age of seven. After finishing four years of school, she moved to her sister's in Chișinău and continued studying. Shmid's sister owned a bakery.
00:09:03 Shmid speaks about prewar Jewish life in Onitskan Orgeyev and describes her father's work. Shmid's family owned a shop. According to her, three families lived in the village. She then speaks about prewar Passover celebrations at home.
00:12:26 Shmid talks about her family. She describes how her parents met in the village. She then talks about her life at the beginning of World War II, when she evacuated. Shmid returns to her family and also addresses life today.
00:17:20 Shmid addresses her childhood and games. She then talks about her family, particularly her mother and siblings.
00:24:06 Shmid talks about her life in Chișinău before the war. She attended a Yiddish professional school. Shmid was married in Chișinău. She also touches upon her education at the professional school.
00:29:09 Shmid talks about her life today, as well as her family. She then speaks about prewar holiday celebration in her home village. Shmid describes how the community hired a cantor for Rosh Hashana. She then addresses Purim celebrations in Onitskan Orgeyev and Chișinău.
00:34:47 Shmid speaks about her life in Chișinău before the war. She also briefly addresses prewar cultural life.
00:38:22 Shmid answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:43:15 Shmid talks about her life after World War II. She then describes her traditional wedding before the war. Shmid then talks about her family's life and holiday celebration before the war. Shmid particularly points to her parents' observance. She also addresses again how the community hired a cantor on the High Holidays, who performed in the local mill. She explains how a room in the mill was turned into the prayer room.
00:50:47 Shmid talks about life today. She then addresses her enagagement meal and wedding ceremony.
00:53:22 Shmid addresses food customs and shares her recipe for gefilte fish.
00:59:18 Shmid speaks about her life today. She then speaks about drinking customs in her family and traveling to the city before the war.
01:02:14 End of recording.