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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 816

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Date: December 18, 2005

Participants: Mester, Manya Moiseevna; Bengelsdorf, Sergo. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster, Dovid Katz.

Location recorded: Chișinău, Chișinău Municipality, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

[MDV 816 was recorded before MDV 135 in the temporal sequence of the interview recordings].

The first brief part of the recording includes footage of the cemetery, led by Sergo Bengelsdorf.

The second part of the recording is a formal interview with Manya (Margule) Moiseevna Mester, nee Shnayder, born 1922 in the village of Stolniceni. (see also: MDV 143, 144)

00:00:00 Footage of the cemetery, led by Sergo Bengelsdorf
00:02:49 The interview with Mester begins. She provides personal information and speaks about her family. Mester's father was a tailor. She grew up with three sisters.
00:07:00 Mester discusses her education and work. She attended cheder (religious school) from the age of six, as well as a Romanian school before the war. After the war, Mester worked as tailor. She then addresses her childhood, including games and cheder education.
00:10:16 Mester recalls prayers and blessings from her childhood. She also mentions part of the Haggadah in Yiddish.
00:13:33 Mester explains the Yiddish song "papirene kinder" (paper children). She then talks about her family. She then returns to her childhood memories of Stolniceni.
00:15:42 Mester speaks about High Holiday celebrations before the war. She then describes prewar Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations, including food customs, before addressing Hanukkah with food customs.
00:19:54 Mester speaks about dishes on Sabbath.
00:21:48 Mester speaks about prewar Passover preparations and celebrations at home. She also describes food customs. Mester then remembers the Four Questions in Yiddish.
00:26:24 Mester talks about prewar religious life in Stolniceni. She shares episodes about her sisters seeing the Rîbnița rebbe and describes the custom of seeing the rebbe. According to Mester, the rebbe visited her home village once a year. Mester also compares the Rîbnița and the Ştefăneşti rebbes.
00:35:45 Mester answers questions about cultural terminology. She then answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:45:00 End of recording.