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 (09-007.07-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 192

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Date: June 4, 2006

Participants: Kigel, Feiga Aizikovna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler.

Location recorded: Orhei, Orhei District, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

The tape is a formal interview with Feiga (Feyge) Aizikovna Kigel, born 1927 in Orhei.

00:00:00 Kigel provides personal information.
00:00:22 Address
00:00:56 Kigel provides personal information and talks about her family. Her father owned a dairy shop; he was born in Chişinău. Her mother was born in Orhei. Kigel grew up with two sisters and one brother.
00:05:30 Kigel talks about her life during World War II, in particular the beginning when she fled to Kotovs and stayed on a kolkhoz. She further evacuated to Azerbaijan and worked on a kolkhoz there.
00:07:19 Kigel talks about her life before the war and addresses childhood memories and school education. Kigel attended a Romanian school. Her parents hired a private tutor, but Kigel states that she and her sister never attended a class with him.
00:11:28 Kigel discusses holiday celebration, in particular Sabbath. She also talks about prewar religoius life and synagogues. She then talks about Purim celebrations and sings a Purim shpiel.
00:16:57 Kigel sings Yiddish songs she remembers from her childhood. The first song is about a fish in the water and the second one deals with growing old.
00:21:02 Kigel talks about prewar Jewish life and occupations in Orhei. She recalls non-Jews who spoke Yiddish. Kigel then talks about Passover celebrations and remembers parts of the Four Questions, before discussing Sabbath celebrations and food customs.
00:26:38 Kigel addresses childhood memories and holiday celebration, in particular Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth. She recalls how the local synagogues hired cantors for the High Holidays. Kigel then addresses Passover celebrations, including food customs.
00:32:11 Kigel talks about prewar life. Specificially, she recalls a Jewish couple that converted to Christianity. She then talks about her education, before continuing to provide information about prewar Yiddish cultural life. Kigel recalls attending concerts by Sidi Tal.
00:37:13 Kigel talks about prewar Hasidic life. She tells stories about the Ribnitzer Rebbe, Chaim Zanvl Abramowitz. She then answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:40:54 Kigel briefly addresses traditional weddings and then food customs, including baked goods.
00:44:35 Kigel sings a Yiddish lullaby and talks about consuming alcohol before the war. She then answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:47:52 Kigel talks about life after the war, after she returned to Orhei in 1944. She and sisters returned from evacuation without their parents. In the immediate postwar period, Kigel worked in construction, carrying bricks, to build the bread factory. Following the construction work, Kigel worked as cashier and then forwarding agent.
00:50:37 Kigel sings a Purim shpiel, she remembers from her childhood, as well as sings again the lullaby. She then talks about contemporary religious life.
00:55:00 Kigel talks about prewar life and her family. Her brother lives in Israel and her sister in Rezina. She then sings again the Yiddish song about growing old. Kigel recalls how her neighbors would listen to her parents singing.
01:01:58 End of recording.