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 (09-010.37-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 619

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Date: May 18, 2008

Participants: Vainbrand, Leonid Moiseyevich. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Odesa, Odes'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The tape is a continuation of a formal interview with Leonid Moiseyevich Vainbrand. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 618)

00:00:00 Vainbrand talks about Passover celebrations, including food customs. He then talks about his religious school (cheder) education.
00:03:56 Vainbrand discusses food customs, in particular gefilte fish.
00:07:53 Vainbrand talks about traditional weddings during the prewar Soviet period. He then addresses prewar religious life, including Sukkoth celebration, as well as answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:15:00 Vainbrand touches upon Yiddish literature. He then talks about his family, in particular his wife. He then talks about prewar life and recalls a non-Jewish boy who attended a Yiddish school. During the war, he became a police officer and worked as a translator for the Germans.
00:20:42 Vainbrand talks about his postwar wedding and his son’s circumcision.
00:24:53 Vainbrand talks about prewar Jewish life and how his family prepared for Sabbath. He then mentions his mother’s matzos baking. Vainbrand then talks about his family.
00:29:07 Vainbrand talks about visiting the rebbe’s grave in Valedniki and his life after the war. After Vainbrand returned from his military service, he joined his wife in Ovruch.
00:31:56 Vainbrand addresses anecdotes from Hershl Ostropoler and reads from the prayer book.
00:35:30 Vainbrand talks about life before the war. He visited Zhytomyr, Ovruch, Korsun*, and Slovechne. He then talks about his favorite moments in life, which Vainbrand associates with holiday celebration. Vainbrand also briefly addresses the Four Questions for Passover.
00:40:53 Vainbrand talks about prewar religious life, when pilgrims stayed at his home in Valedniki. He then talks about his family and mentions the Ukrainian police officer who attended a Yiddish school.
00:47:50 Vainbrand addresses Jewish life in Valedniki during the war. According to him, the Germans did not set up a ghetto because Valedniki was considered a holy place. Vainbrand then discusses his life in Odesa.
00:51:58 Vainbrand talks about his family and faith.
00:56:06 The team concludes the interview and Vainbrand addresses Yiddish students. He then recalls childhood memories and talks about Israel.
01:00:37 End of recording.