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 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 565

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Date: May 13, 2003

Participants: Meler, Isaak Moseevich; Khonigsman, Iakov Samoilovich. 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 first part of the tape is the continuation of a formal interview with Professor Iakov Samoilovich Khonigsman. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 564)

The second part of the tape includes a formal interview with Isaak (Itche, Itskhok-Avigdor) Moseevich Meler, born 1919 in Glina Navariya. (Part 1 of 3. See MDV 566 and MDV 567)

00:00:00 Khonigsman shows and describes his published research work, as well as mentions its translations.
00:08:27 Khonigsman speaks about his encounters with Yiddish writers and Soviet Jewish historians. In particular, he remembers David Hofstein. The writers came to use the library Khonigsman worked at in the 1940s.
00:20:09 Khonigsman speaks about contemporary life and his friend, the Soviet Yiddish writer, Alexander Lizen. Specifically, Khonigsman addresses Lizen's activism for the the State of Israel.
00:27:00 Khonigsman addresses differences among Polish and Russian Jews.
00:32:52 Khonigsman shows his library and speaks about local artists.
00:34:09 The interview with Meler begins. They talk about a Torah scroll. He then speaks about his family, who did not survive the war. Meler was drafted into the Polish Army in 1940.
00:39:33 Meler addresses cultural institutions during the postwar Soviet period, before mentioning acquaintances.
00:42:57 Meler provides personal information and talks about his life before the war. He was named after his mother's family, although he explains that at first his surname was Volf. His father's name was Samselik. Meler's family moved from Glina Navariya to Lviv in the early 1930s. He then describes prewar religious life in Glina Navariya. Meler has relatives in America.
00:49:43 Meler provides personal information. He speaks about name changes at the beginning of the Soviet occupation in 1939. Meler then talks about his family and talks about the move from his hometown to Lviv for economic reasons. Meler grew up with three sisters. He mentions that he went into a merchant apprenticeship at the age of fifteen.
00:54:37 Meler addresses prewar religious life in his hometown, particularly the synagogue and the local rebbe. According to him, approximately forty Jewish families lived in Glina Navariya. Meler then speaks about prewar occupational structure. His father and grandfather were kosher butchers.
00:59:44 End of recording.