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 (09-010.32-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 593

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Date: July 5, 2005

Participants: Nayman, Moyshe. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Dovid Katz.

Location recorded: Klyachanovo, Zakarpats'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The tape is a continuation of a formal interview with Moyshe Nayman. (Part 2 of 4. See MDV 592, MDV 594, and MDV 595)

00:00:00 Nayman recites kaddish and other prayers that he learned from a Hassidic rebbe and cantor in prewar Klyachanovo. Nayman talks about his life in the Hungarian forced labor battalion in 1942, when he was "drafted" at the age of eighteen. His assignment was to build bunkers for the army. Then, Nayman was deported to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, from which he escaped. From Mauthausen, Nayman was sent to the Gunskirchen forced labor camp. He describes his experience there and explains that he was so hungry, he had to eat frogs. One of Nayman’s work assignments was to dig graves.
00:10:51 Nayman recites prayers and recalls prewar Purim celebrations, including Purim shpiels. He then recites Sabbath songs (zemirot).
00:23:37 Nayman talks about his childhood memories and his family, in particular his father taking care of the cattle. He remembers different folk customs. Nayman then recalls the prayer books he studied with in cheder. He then recites prayers.
00:38:02 Nayman talks about his family, in particular his father. Nayman helped his father carrying food items. He then talks about contemporary religious life.
00:42:40 Nayman talks about prewar Jewish life in Klyachanovo, including occupations and political organizations. He remembers book peddlers from Mukacheve. Nayman then discusses prewar holiday celebrations and remembers non-Jews who spoke Yiddish. Nayman then answers terminological questions and recalls food customs.
01:01:51 End of Recording.