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Date: June 10, 2006

Participants: Shmid, Khaya Peisekhovna; 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:   

The first part of this recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Klara Peisekhovna Shmid. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 181)

The second part of the recording includes a formal interview with Mikhail Isaakovich Gordin. (see also: MDV 153, 154)

00:00:00 Shmid answers questions about cultural terminology and also addresses prewar religious life. She then speaks about her life before the war.
00:02:52 Shmid addresses folk and healing customs. She shares an anecdote from before the war.
00:08:51 Shmid talks about her family's life before the war. She then addresses her family, before answering questions about cultural terminology.
00:12:19 Shmid talks about Purim celebrations and food customs. She then talks about her father's work and grocery shop, before remembering her mother.
00:16:15 Shmid addresses prewar non-Jewish life. She then talks about her family. Her brother left for Eretz Yisrael at the age of eighteen.
00:20:11 Shmid speaks about prewar Purim celebrations and food customs. She also addresses Sabbath celebrations at home. She then speaks about her family.
00:24:31 Shmid talks about her education and work. After the war, she worked at a sewing factory. Shmid also talks about her family.
00:28:49 The formal interview with Gordin begins. He talks about his family, as well as prewar Purim and Passover celebrations. Gordin's two brothers made aliyah.
00:32:44 Gordin provides personal information, before addressing prewar Simchat Torah celebrations. He then talks about his family.
00:36:39 Gordin speaks about his life during World War II. He also speaks about his family.
00:40:56 Gordin speaks about his life after the war. He states that his mother died during the Hunger of 1946/47. He graduated from school in 1955 and then joined the Red Army. Gordin studied chemistry in Vladivostok, Russia, and then Chișinău. He worked as chemical engineer at a furniture factory.
00:43:11 Gordin speaks about musical performances and daily life in the ghetto.
00:45:52 Gordin talks about prewar religious life in Florești. He then addresses his return to Florești after the war. He was married in 1965 and raised a son, who lives in Israel. Gordin then talks about his family.
00:49:12 The team concludes the formal interview with Gordin.
00:50:28 End of recording.