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 (09-010.15-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 436

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Date: May 13, 2008

Participants: Khasidovich, Fania Davidovna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Fastiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

This recording is a formal interview with Fania Borisnova Khasidovich, born 1916 in Fastiv. (Her passport lists 1915 for work reasons). (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 437)

00:00:00 The camera records town footage, before the team, together with Shekhter’s wife, greets Khasidovich, nee Akselrod, in her apartment and sets up the interview with her.
00:03:52 Khasidovich provides personal information and talks about her family. Her parents were born in Fastiv.
00:07:29 Khasidovich talks about her life during the war in the Fastiv ghetto. Khasidovich’s brother, two sisters, and parents were executed in the “mini Babi Yar” of Fastiv. Khasidovich survived the massacre. She then talks about her family. Her father worked as a tailor. Khasidovich talks about her education at the Yiddish school, where she studied for four years, before continuing her studies at Russian school. Khasidovich got married at 18 and she worked in a shop after the war.
00:13:35 Khasidovich discusses her childhood memories and talks about her family. She raised three daughters, one of whom lives in Israel. Her husband died fighting at the front.
00:19:55 Khasidovich talks about holiday celebration and prewar Jewish life in Fastiv. She then talks about life today and holiday food customs.
00:30:01 Khasidovich talks about Yiddish culture before the war, including Yiddish theater. She then talks about a war memorial, which she attended to commemorate her husband. Khasidovich then talks about her life after the war. She was a caterer in a theater and then a sales assistant at a bakery until 1983. Khasidovich mentions her family, in particular grandchildren.
00:37:16 Khasidovich talks about reading books and her family. She then talks about Yiddish songs, before discussing Jewish life in postwar Fastiv.
00:41:51 Khasidovich talks about her life during the war in Fastiv. She and her three daughters hid in a basement.
00:47:14 Khasidovich talks about her work at the bakery after the war and addresses postwar circumcision. She then talks about her traditional wedding.
00:55:17 Khasidovich answers a number of dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire. She also talks about life today and the Great Hunger in 1932. According to Khasidovich, her family did not suffer from the famine. She lived in Israel for one year.
00:61:55 End of Recording.