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 (09-006.02-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 107

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Date: December 16, 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 first part of the recording includes town footage of Debrecen.

The second part of the recording is a continuation of a formal interview with Bela Reti. (Part 3 of 4. See MDV 105, MDV 106, and MDV 108)

The third part of the recording includes synagogue footage.

00:00:00 The camera collects town footage of Debrecen including the synagogue.
00:15:08 Reti recites a hasidic prayer, before he chants a Purim Kiddush and remembers Purim shpiels.
00:23:03 Reti sings a Hungarian song about when the messiah comes. He then talks about holiday celebration. He explains different games, including nuts and cards.
00:27:21 Reti speaks about prewar Jewish life in the region. In particular, he describes cities he visited before the war, including Nyíregyháza, Debrecen and Kisvárda. Reti also addresses peddlers.
00:31:57 Reti addresses memorialization and the contemporary relationship between Jews and non-Jews.
00:34:12 Reti speaks about prewar birth customs.
00:35:17 The interview moves outside and Reti gives a tour of the former Jewish neighborhood, including the mikvah. Reti also mentions antisemitic daub and that antisemites set the Torah ark on fire.
00:43:27 The team and Reti enter the synagogue and the camera collects footage of the Hanukkah service, in which Reti participates, as well as the synagogue.
00:57:08 End of recording.