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 (09-010.48-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 677

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Date: January 5, 2009

Participants: Bivson, Sura Melekhovna; Klein, Roza Shmulevna. Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Jeffrey Veidlinger.

Location recorded: Starokostyantyniv, Khmel'nyts'ka Oblast', Ukraine

Language: Yiddish

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Ukrainians

 Recording Content:   

The tape is a formal interview with Sura Melekhovna Bivson. After the team enters the local community center (hesed), they set up the interview. She discusses early childhood memories, including her education. Bivson attended a Yiddish school for five grades in her native Polonne. They then discuss Yiddish culture and Jewish life generally before the war, before Bivson talks about her family. Bivson moved from Polonne to Starokostyantyniv in order to live with a cousin after the war, because their home was in an unlivable condition.

The conversation returns to childhood memories and celebrating holidays. Bivson then talks about her life in evacuation, where she spent four years in Birobidzhan at her sister's home. They were evacuated by train, as well as on foot for three months, stopping at evacuation points in order to receive food. The conversation moves to holiday celebration, in particular Purim. She then talks about her husband and about postwar Jewish life in Starokostyantyniv. The conversation turns to Yiddish dialects and literature, before she remembers postwar religious life and discusses food customs. They then discuss general religious customs, before Bivson shares biographical information about her son.

The conversation returns to religious life after the war in Starokostyantyniv. Bivson then talks about the Yiddish press and Jewish cultural and religious life generally. The team then asks a number of questions about cultural terminology. They briefly talk about holiday celebrations and family. The conversation returns to life in evacuation, before the team asks more questions about cultural terminology, including about food customs and weddings. The interview concludes with Bivson telling the team about her son's Internet presence.

00:00:00 setting up interview.
00:01:31 early childhood memories and education.
00:06:00 prewar Jewish life.
00:07:54 family.
00:09:16 childhood memories and holidays.
00:12:26 interviewing team.
00:13:51 evacuation and family.
00:19:09 holiday celebration and speaking Yiddish.
00:21:44 husband and postwar Jewish life.
00:24:26 Yiddish dialects and literature.
00:26:25 postwar religious life and food customs.
00:26:38 prewar religious customs.
00:29:59 family.
00:31:01 postwar religious life.
00:31:43 Yiddish cultural life and religious life.
00:34:39 cultural terminology.
00:38:41 holiday celebration after war and family.
00:40:16 life in evacuation and family.
00:43:01 cultural terminology and family.
00:46:21 postwar antisemitism.
00:47:12 cultural terminology and Jewish weddings.
00:55:50 life today.
00:58:23 End of Recording.