Return to ATM Online Collections  > AHEYM: The Archive of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories  > L'viv

 (09-010.29-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 574

No streaming derivative is available.

Date: July 10, 2005

Participants: Diner, Semen Semenovich; 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 first part of the recording is a formal interview with Semen Semenovich Diner. (Part 2 of 2. See MDV 573)

The second part of the recording includes a tour through community center of Lviv, led by Dorfman.

The final part of the tape consists of Lviv town footage.

00:00:00 Diner provides personal information.
00:01:54 Diner provides personal information and talks about his family. His father was shot by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Diner was born in Skalat, but his family moved to Pidvolochysk shortly after his birth. Diner returned to Skalat after 1921.
00:07:34 Diner discusses his childhood memories and education. He attended a religious school (cheder) and then a Polish-Jewish school in Skalat. He also speaks about his family. Diner grew up with a sister and a brother. His mother passed away before he attended primary school. Leibel then lived in a orphanage in Skalat until he was twelve years old.
00:15:17 Diner speaks about his adolescent years. He began an apprenticeship at a bakery and then with a cobbler. Diner worked as cobbler in Lviv, where he moved to at the age of fifteen.
00:18:18 In Russian, Diner talks about his life during World War II. He lived in the Donbas and Poltava regions. Diner was drafted for military service in 1941 and was demobilized in 1945.
00:20:30 Diner talks about his life after the war and return to Lviv. He explains that his sister and brother did not return home. He also mentions his work at a military factory in Moscow for two years. Diner received military awards for his service. Diner got married twice and his first wife was Christian, whereas his second wife is Jewish. He raised one daughter.
00:24:59 Diner addresses his life today. Diner was a shop owner.
00:28:22 Diner speaks about his childhood memories. He states that he stopped speaking Yiddish when joining the military. Diner's wife shows family photographs and briefly addresses her biography.
00:32:27 Diner speaks about his life before the war. He was a member of the Zionist youth organization Gordonia. Diner's sister attended meetings at Hashomer Hatzair.
00:34:47 Diner addresses his time in the Red Army and antisemitism. He then speaks about his siblings' fate during the war.
00:38:26 The camera cuts to Dorfman speaking about the contemporary Lviv community and institutions.
00:42:59 The team chats with community members and then Dorfman continues giving a tour of the community center.
00:45:28 The camera collects town footage of Lviv.
00:59:03 End of recording.