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 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 563

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Date: May 12, 2003

Participants: Dorfman, Boris Mikhailovich. 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 a formal interview with Boris (Boris Mendelovich) Mikhailovich Dorfman, born 1923 in Cahul. (Part 1 of 2. See MDV 564)

00:00:00 Dorfman speaks about contemporary life and community members. He then speaks about postwar Yiddish press, as well as contemporary writers and religious figures. Leibel turns to the contemporary community in Dnipropetrovsk and addresses local intellectuals.
00:13:27 Dorfman talks about his life during World War II. He studied at a technical college for construction in Chişinău in 1939. Dorfman describes how he experienced the beginning of the war, before speaking about articles regarding the war and Jewish and non-Jewish local figures.
00:24:23 Dorfman returns to his life at the beginning of the war. He was drafted into the Red Army, shortly after the outbreak. As the leader of his division, Dorfman went through Tiraspol, Odesa, Rostov, Stalingrad and Saratov. Dorfman then explains that he was sent to Siberia since he originally lived in newly occupied territory.
00:26:44 Dorfman speaks about his life during the immediate postwar period, which he spent in Siberia. He worked as coachman. He then returned to Chişinău in 1946 and continued his studies. In 1949, Dorfman continues, did he escape to Lviv. Dorfman was the chief engineer of a factory for thirty-five years. He also worked in theaters.
00:28:57 Dorfman speaks about his family, particularly his wife's biography. He raised a son and a daughter. Dorfman also addresses his Hebrew language skills.
00:32:48 Dorfman talks about his work as chief engineer at the Lviv theater after the war. He was in charge of rebuilding the theater. He then speaks about contemporary intellectual life.
00:36:19 Dorfman speaks about researchers and exhibitions at the Museum of Ethnography and Art Crafts in Lviv. He also addresses contemporary endeavors regarding exhibitions. Dorfman particularly addresses festivities of the 130th anniversary of Sholem Aleichem's birth.
00:47:33 Dorfman talks about postwar religious life in Lviv. He also shares his findings in the KGB archives. He explains how the community rebuilt one of the synagogues after the war, which was closed down in 1945 due to antisemitic agitation. Dorfman continues that the agitors went to jail and the synagogue continued to operate. Dorfman recalls full attendance on major holidays. According to him, the synagogue was eventually "unoffically" closed down during the later postwar Soviet period, and reopened in the 1980s. Dorfman then describes the community.
01:02:29 End of recording.