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 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 569

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Date: July 10, 2005

Participants: Dorfman, Boris Mikhailovich; Brandler, Khaim Samsonovich. 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 first part of the recording is the continuation of a tour of former Jewish neighborhoods in Lviv, led by Boris Mikhailovich Dorfman. (Part 3 of 3. See MDV 568 and Accession # 09-010.49-F MDV 680)

The second part of the recording is a formal interview with Khaim (Khayim) Samsonovich Brandler, born 1921 in Mostiska. (Part 1 of 4. See MDV 570, MDV 571, and MDV 572)

00:00:00 Dorfman speaks about the contemporary community and explains exhibits in the synagogue. The camera then collects footage of the synagogue .
00:01:58 The team and Dorfman walk around the former Jewish neighborhood, while he talks about prewar Jewish life. Dorfman also shows books about Jewish Lviv.
00:05:57 The team and Dorfman drive around Lviv, while Dorfman points out former Jewish buildings, including the Yiddish theater, the building, where Sholem Aleichem lived and the old cemetery.
00:15:07 Dorfman speaks about Jewish and non-Jewish relations in the sixteenth century. Jews funded the building of a church. The team and Dorfman continue their tour on foot along a former Jewish street, before the camera collects town footage.
00:23:33 The team chats with Dorfman and Brandler about life today.
00:26:25 The formal interview with Brandler begins. He provides personal information.
00:28:52 Brandler provides personal information. He explains that he was born the year a rebbe from his hometown died and therefore was given the rebbe's name as middle name.
00:30:41 Brandler addresses his childhood memories and education. He attended religious school (cheder) at the age of three and recalls how his father emphasized religious education at home. Brandler then describes his teachers (melamdim) and his experience as student. Brandler's father passed away in 1934.
00:39:15 Brandler talks about his leisure activities before the war. He states that he frequently checked out Yiddish books from the local library. Brandler then recalls visiting Yiddish theater troupes.
00:44:44 Brandler sings parts from theater songs.
00:48:01 Brandler speaks about his education and family. He attended a Polish school for seven years. Brandler's father worked as egg packer and traveled to Germany often. Brandler explains how he wanted to become a baker and his parents suggested cobbler instead. Brandler completed a tinsmith apprenticeship. During the prewar Soviet period, Brandler learned to be a tractor driver in the village Pokhortsi (51:43), Sambir region. Brandler worked as instructor until 1941.
00:55:23 Brandler speaks about prewar Jewish life and relationship with non-Jews. In particular, Brandler addresses his neighbors, before describing the town's occupational structure.
00:59:25 Brandler talks about his life during World War II. He describes his life during the German occupation, which started in 1939. Brandler remembers how people were sent to forced labor. Brandler describes his escape to Ostroh.
01:01:00 End of recording.