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 (09-006.02-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 112

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Date: July 2, 2008

Participants: Goronvalgy, Sandor; Reti, Bela; Samadi, Latsi. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler.

Location recorded: Debrecen, Hajdú-Bihar County, Hungary

Language: Yiddish, Hungarian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Hungarians

 Recording Content:   

The first part of the recording is a continuation of a formal interview with Latsi Samadi. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 111)

The second part of the recording is a formal interview with Sandor (Simkhe) Goronvalgy (ne Gurshteyn), born 1921 in Hajduszentgyörgy.

00:00:00 Samadi speaks about his religious education before the war. He explains parts of the schooling system.
00:04:22 Samadi recalls a traditional wedding, he sang at. He then sings a wedding song.
00:07:09 Samadi talks about holiday food customs. Samadi and Goronvalgy then recall Purim sphiels and songs.
00:11:33 Samadi sings a Yiddish song about potatoes, he remembers from his father. He then sings a Yiddish song about two brothers.
00:20:20 Samedi sings the beginnings of a Hungarian song and then Reti and Goronvalgy sing a Yiddish song about a yeshiva student. Goronvalgy then sings Shoshanat Yaacov, before Samedi sings a Yiddish song about love.
00:26:52 Samedi speaks about his family, in particular his mother's observance. He recalls how his mother read tsene rene on Sabbath. They then chant Shir haMa'alot.
00:30:44 Goronvalgy chants another version of Shir haMa'a lot, he remembers from his cheder education. Samedi then sings a nigun, he recalls from his uncle.
00:33:23 Samedi speaks about his visit to Kaliv in 1944, right before he the deportation of the local community.
00:37:00 Samedi and Goronvalgy sing Szól a kakas már.
00:39:18 Goronvalgy provides personal information. He then talks about life before the war. Goronvalgy lived in Budapest and Hajdúbagos 41:29, where he started working as tailor apprentice at fourteen. Goronvalgy left for Budapest at 18, where he was drafted for his military service. He explains that after two years of service, he returned home and continued his work as tailor. Goronvalgy lived in Israel for one year in 1948 and built roads.
00:44:51 Goronvalgy speaks about his family. He grew up with one brother and two sisters. Goronvalgy states that he is the only from his immediate family who survived the war. He then talks about his life after the war. He got married in 1940.
00:46:04 Goronvalgy recites a Purim shpiel in Hungarian and then shares information about the play. Goronvalgy participated in it when he was twelve years old.
00:54:54 End of recording.