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 (09-006.02-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 106

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Date: December 15, 2006

Participants: Reti, Bela. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler and Jeffrey Veidlinger.

Location recorded: Debrecen, Hajdú-Bihar County, Hungary

Language: Yiddish, Hungarian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Hungarians

 Recording Content:   

The recording is a continuation of a formal interview with Bela Reti. (Part 2 of 4. See MDV 105, MDV 107, and MDV 108)

00:00:00 Reti speaks about prewar Jewish life in Rohod. He recalls how he played nuts during Sukkot and addresses holiday celebration, including food customs.
00:02:19 Reti addresses folk customs, including birth customs, and his family.
00:06:48 Reti recites a prayer for yahrzeit. He then addresses birth customs. He then talks about contemporary Jewish life. Reti moved to Debrecen ten years ago.
00:09:36 Reti answers questions about cultural terminology. He then recites a prayer.
00:10:54 Reti addresses food custom, in particular gefilte fish. He recalls the "fish yid" who sold fish every week in the surrounding villages.
00:13:20 Reti speaks about prewar religious life in the region. He then explains how his father's mikvah was heated, by the "hoyf-goy." He also mentions peaceful relations between Jews and non-Jews.
00:16:45 Reti sings a Sabbath song and addresses holiday celebration, including Sukkot (Hoshana Rabbah).
00:20:10 Reti speaks about prewar Jewish life in Rohod. He also lived in Fehérgyarmat and Balkány before the war. He then discusses his childhood memories. Reti attended a Hungarian school and religious school (cheder). Reti explains that he attended cheder in the mornings and evenings and primary school during the day.
00:24:01 Reti lists towns he visited before the war, which included Kisvárda (Yiddish: Klaynvardeyn). He then talks about food customs, particularly baking goods.
00:29:15 Reti answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:30:51 End of recording.