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 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 568

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Date: July 10, 2005

Participants: Dorfman, Boris Mikhailovich. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Dovid Katz.

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

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The recording includes a tour of former Jewish neighborhoods of Lviv led by Boris Mikhailovich Dorfman. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 569 and Accession # 09-010.49-F MDV 680)

00:00:00 The team and Dorfman travel to the new cemetery. He provides historical background information on the cemetery, as well as regional Jewish life before the war.
00:03:38 The team and Dorfman arrive at the cemetery and take a tour, while Dorfman explains how the Jewish and non-Jewish cemeteries were combined. They were combined in 1962, after the synagogue was closed down, Dorfman explains.
00:04:50 Dorfman speaks about a memorial, which was erected in the early 1970s. Dorfman explains how the community collected money for the monument and his involvement in rebuilding Jewish life after World War II.
00:09:44 They arrive at the old part of the cemetery from the prewar Polish era, before visiting Alexander Lizen's grave, a Soviet Yiddish Writer.
00:14:46 The camera collects footage of the cemetery, while Dorfman talks about local figures.
00:21:09 Dorfman speaks about his parents. His father died in a prison in Karagandy, Kazakhstan. Dorfman's mother was imprisoned for fifteen years along with his father. The camera continues to collect footage.
00:23:35 The team and Dorfman continue the tour and are headed to the railway station "Kriparev," from which East European Jews were deported to the Belzec extermination camp.
00:27:53 The team and Dorfman continue the tour and he shows the site of the former Janovska concentration camp, built exclusively for Jews. Dorfman also mentions an uprising of the inmates and points out that the stone memorial was built with German support.
00:38:01 The team and Dorfman travel to the site of the former Lviv ghetto, while Dorfman points out buildings of the former ghetto. They then visit the former ghetto site and camera collects footage. Dorfman then explains how the community built memorials to remember the sufferings in the former ghetto. He also speaks about postwar Jewish life in Lviv and the high unemployment rate.
00:53:09 The team and Dorfman continue the tour of the former Jewish neighborhood, while he points out memorials and individual buildings.
00:55:53 They arrive at the former "New Hasidic Synagogue," which is used as the community's cultural center. Dorfman gives a tour of the former synagogue and provides historical background information. During the war, the building was used as stable and then as gym after its closure in 1962. Dorfman then addresses the community's cultural activities and teachings.
01:01:44 End of recording.