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 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 562

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Date: May 10, 2003

Participants: Leibel, Volf Tsalevich. 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 Volf Tsalevich Leibel. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 561 and Accession # 09-010.14-F MDV 427)

00:00:00 Leibel speaks about prewar organizations, including the soccer clubs Hasmonea Lviv and Maccabi. He also recalls visits by Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Leibel states that his school did not allow him to join organizations.
00:02:48 Leibel talks about his family and observance. He then addresses the relationship between Jews and non-Jews before the war.
00:06:46 Leibel talks about his childhood memories and games. In particular, he remembers playing soccer matches and describes the Hasmonean team. He then explains how children went to the synagogue on national holidays, where they played "Hatikvah" on the organ. Leibel then sings "Hatikvah."
00:09:34 Leibel speaks about Zionist organizations in Rivne. He describes a meeting at Trumbeldor.
00:11:25 Leibel speaks about his education, particularly his private religious tutor, who studied with him in the evenings. He also addresses his parent's observance.
00:15:38 Leibel discusses his childhood memories of Jewish life in Lviv. He also speaks about literature/press and cultural institutions, including a Polish library.
00:22:00 Leibel talks about prewar cultural performances. Particularly, he remembers the play "The Dybbuk." Leibel mentions the Safran and Berent cinemas and explains how the community boycotted a film showing, due to supposedly antisemitic content.
00:24:35 Leibel describes a theater performance at a Polish school. Leibel states that he played a Jew.
00:27:45 Leibel addresses prewar antisemitism, before speaking about religious life. Leibel recalls performances of the cantor Moshe Koussevitzky at the Great Synagogue. Leibel also discusses his childhood memories.
00:29:38 Leibel recites the morning prayer "Modeh Ani."He then speaks about his religious observance during the postwar Soviet era. Leibel then addresses prewar holiday celebration.
00:32:42 Leibel shares an episode about a Polish refugee, who was hungry on Yom Kippur in Lviv in 1939. He also discusses dialects.
00:36:30 Leibel addresses holiday celebration, particularly Hoshana Rabbah ("Great Supplication," seventh day on Sukkot) and food customs.
00:40:45 Leibel talks about Purim shpiels and recalls performances by children. He then speaks about the expenses of his school education, before turning to prewar Passover and Shavuot celebrations. Leibel recalls the Four Questions.
00:46:00 Leibel speaks about his Polish school education. He then speaks about life before the war and a local, who converted to Christianity. Leibel then shares an episode from his childhood and lists local wealthy people.
00:52:24 Leibel answers questions about cultural terminology. He also recalls Hasidic visitors to the Polish school before the war and addresses religious customs.
01:02:28 End of recording.