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 (09-010.37-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 620

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Date: May 18, 2008

Participants: Brodskaia, Faina Lvovna; Brodsky, Boris Abramovich. 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 formal interview with Faina Lvovna Brodskaia, born 1923 in Odesa, and her husband Boris (Berl) Abramovich Brodsky, born 1924 in Odesa.

00:00:00 The camera collects outside footage on the way to the Brodskys’ apartment. The team enters the Brodskys’ apartment and sets up the formal interview with them.
00:09:51 The Brodskys provide personal information and talk about their family. His parents and grandparents were born in Odesa.
00:13:30 Brodsky talks about his life during the war. He served in the Red Army for four years and fought at the Romanian front as tank driver and then part of the motorized infantry. He spent the remaining days of the war in Vienna, after moving through Hungary. Brodsky then provides personal information and talks about his family.
00:18:23 Brodsky talks about contemporary Jewish life and his family. They also address prewar holiday celebrations. Brodsky’s father was a manufacturer and his mother was a dressmaker, working from home.
00:27:12 Brodsky talks about his life during the war in evacuation. His family evacuated to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He then talks about his work before the war. He attended courses to become a locksmith. Brodsky recalls Yiddish schools before the war. Brodskaia attended a Yiddish school in Odesa and finished ten years of schooling.
00:31:45 Brodsky talks about his life before the war, in particular mentions Jewish kolkhozy. His school volunteered working on kolkhozy. He then talks about his family. He grew up with one brother, who died on the Leningrad front.
00:34:17 Brodsky talks about prewar Jewish life in Odesa and his childhood memories, including sports. He then talks about his life after the war. After he returned from his military service, he worked as a chauffeur for fifty years. Brodsky also mentions religious activity in postwar Odesa.
00:38:06 Brodsky talks about his wedding after the war and his family. He then discusses prewar food customs and holidays.
00:43:40 Brodsky talks about his life after the war when he worked as a taxi driver, as well as prewar Jewish life, including occupations. He addresses Yiddish theater performances.
00:49:12 Brodsky talks about prewar traditional weddings and Yiddish culture, including journals and writers.
00:53:29 Brodsky discusses prewar Jewish life.
00:55:46 Brodsky talks about his life during the war, when he liberated Budapest. He then answers questions about cultural terminology. Brodsky also talks about fellow Jews serving in the Red Army, postwar antisemitism, Jewish life at the beginning of the war, and his non-Jewish friend who helped Jews.
01:02:32 End of recording.