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 (09-008.09-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 290

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Date: June 5, 2007

Participants: Macarie, Haia. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Oradea, Bihor County, Romania

Language: Yiddish, Hungarian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Romanians

 Recording Content:   

The recording is a formal interview with Haia (Khaye-Rivke) Macarie, nee Roth, born 1925 in Cardo, near Sighetu Marmatiei. (Part 1 of 2. See Accession # 09-008.12-F MDV 302)

00:00:00 Macarie provides personal information and talks about prewar Jewish life in Cardo. According to Macarie the majority of the population was Jewish.
00:02:59 Macarie speaks about her family. Her father, who was born in Cardo, was a businessman and her mother, who was born in Slatina, then Czech Republic, was a seamstress. She grew up with eleven siblings. Macarie states that she and three of her siblings survived the war. Two of her brothers moved to America and Austria and one sister to Israel.
00:07:54 Macarie speaks about her siblings and their fate during World War II. Her parents and most of her siblings died in Auschwitz.
00:12:18 Macarie discusses her childhood memories, including education. She attended a Romanian school for four years. Macarie explains how her father provided her a religious education at home.
00:14:09 Macarie talks about her work after the war as pharmaceutical technician.
00:15:29 Macarie discusses her childhood memories, including holiday celebration. She then addresses food customs, particularly fish dishes. Macarie then shares her mother's recipe of gefilte fish.
00:22:12 Macarie describes her childhood home. She then addresses holiday celebration and childhood games.
00:26:55 Macarie discusser her childhood memories and mentions her father's observance. She then speaks about her family.
00:29:41 Macarie answers questions about cultural terminology. She then addresses food customs and speaks about her life and family after the war. She remarried a non-Jewish man. Macarie's son from her first marriage is a school director in Oradea.
00:32:46 Macarie speaks about her first traditional wedding at her cousin's home in Oradea. She then addresses Hanukkah celebrations and food customs.
00:37:48 Macarie mentions Purim celebrations and answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:52:48 Macarie addresses literature and songs. She then talks about her life after the war, after her return in 1945, including her visit to Sighetu MarmaĊ£iei.
00:57:00 Macarie speaks about her life before the war and visits to Sighetu MarmaĊ£iei. She then speaks about prewar traditional weddings.
01:00:26 Macarie shows family photographs.
01:02:35 End of recording.