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 (09-006.02-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 113

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Date: July 2, 2008

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

Location recorded: Debrecen, Hajd├║-Bihar County, Hungary

Language: Yiddish, Hungarian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Hungarians

 Recording Content:   

The recording is a formal interview with Bela Reti. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 114) (see also: MDV 105,106,107,108)

00:00:00 Reti speaks about the name change from Roze to Reti, which took place before the war.
00:01:15 Reti speaks about his family, in particular his father. He explains how his father built a prayer house in Rohod and addresses prewar religious life in town. Reti also mentions that the Kosoner rebbe slept on a divan.
00:04:45 Reti sings a messiah song in Hungarian and then other hasidic songs and prayers (Purim kiddush and Hanukkah prayer), Reti remembers from his yeshiva education.
00:11:49 Reti speaks about his life and education before the war, particularly Purim celebrations. He recalls someone who announced Purim celebrations, before reciting parts of the Yosef sphiel. Reti explains how a Purim performance group traveled in to surrounding villages.
00:17:33 Reti speaks about his yeshiva education and prewar Jewish life.
00:20:48 Reti speaks about his life and work after the war. He returned to his hometown Rohod. He recalls how his non-Jewish boss allowed him to observe Sabbath.
00:24:25 Reti speaks about prewar religious life and the visits of the Kosoner rebbe. He then sings a wedding song and recites a poem, as well as other hasidic songs. Reti then talks about contemporary religious life and his life today.
00:30:49 Reti speaks about postwar religious life and addresses the Mukachever rebbe, as well as contemporary religious life.
00:35:26 Reti addresses Purim celebrations before the war, including snippets of summer performances.
00:38:04 Reti speaks about Jewish life in the region. He then discusses his childhood memories. He explains the game nuts, which was done on Sukkoth according to Reti. He also recalls a non-Jew who worked for his family and spoke Yiddish.
00:44:00 Reti talks about Purim shpiel performances before the war.
00:47:58 Reti recites blessings/prayers and answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:52:59 Reti addresses Goronvalgy's recited Purim shpiel in Hungarian. He then speaks about contemporary Jewish life.
00:58:09 Reti discusses his childhood memories and going to the mikvah. He then recalls the ceremony of upsherin (chalaka).
01:02:31 End of recording.