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 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 560

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Date: May 11, 2003

Participants: Nisman, Dora Iosifovna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger.

Location recorded: L'viv, L'vivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Dora Iosifovna Nisman. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 559 and MDV 561)

00:00:00 Nisman provides personal information.
00:02:51 Nisman speaks about her life before World War II. She lived in Rezina until the age of fourteen, before she attended a Jewish vocational school to learn tailoring in Chişinău for two years.
00:04:47 Nisman discusses her family. Her father was born in Raşcov, Moldova. Nisman grew up with five siblings. Her mother, however, gave birth to eight children.
00:07:42 Nisman mentions that she was imprisoned in the Chernivtsi ghetto and speaks about politics about ghetto imprisonment. Nisman explains how she saved her parents. Nisman then continues to talk about her siblings.
00:16:01 Nisman speaks about her life before the war, particularly her education. She studied at a Talmud Torah school for three years and remembers singing and dancing. Nisman states that she corresponded with her parents in Yiddish while learning in Chişinău. When Nisman finished her apprenticeship she worked as tailor in Chernivtsi.
00:21:37 Nisman talks about postwar Jewish life in the region. She then discusses her childhood memories in an observant home, as well as her parents. Her father was a caretaker in a forest. Nisman recalls poverty at home. She also answers questions about cultural terminology.
00:27:49 Nisman speaks about prewar Sabbath celebrations at home. She describes how her father paid for his place in the synagogue and then mentions that her mother baked challah twice a week.
00:31:24 Nisman addresses prewar holiday celebrations, including Yom Kippur. She also talks about holiday food customs, particularly gefilte fish. Nisman also remembers that the synagogue was packed and people listened to shofar blowing outside.
00:38:13 Nisman attended Purim celebrations at the rebbe's house in her hometown. She then answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish linguistic questionnaire.
00:40:16 Nisman continues to share her memories about prewar holiday celebration. She explains how her father and brother went to the synagogue for the day and her mother prepared food on Yom Kippur.
00:45:49 Nisman speaks about prewar Sukkot celebrations and describes how her father built the sukkah. She then talks about Hanukkah celebrations at home.
00:47:57 Nisman addresses her Yiddishkayt and celebrating holidays today. She also speaks about celebrating holidays during the postwar Soviet period. Nisman then addresses holiday food customs.
00:51:55 Nisman talks about prewar Purim and Hanukkah celebrations in her hometown and Chernivtsi.
00:54:52 Nisman shows a Haggadah and handicrafted hamsa. She also addresses prewar cultural performances, including Purim shpiels.
00:58:29 Nisman talks about prewar Shavuot food customs.
01:02:03 End of recording.