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 (09-007.11-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 219

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Date: June 5, 2006

Participants: Luminskaia, Raisa Yosifovna; Goldshteyn, Lev Markovich. Interviewed by Moisei Lemster.

Location recorded: Bender, Transnistria, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

This recording is a continuation of a formal interview with Raisa Yosifovna Luminskaia and Lev Markovich Goldshteyn. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 218 and MDV 220)

00:00:00 Goldshteyn discusses life before the war, in particular social interactions betweem Jews and non-Jews. He recalls his neighbor who was a priest.
00:02:09 Goldshteyn addresses prewar Jewish life and halutzim. He recalls his uncle who prepared for aliyah. He then discusses the different occuaptional structure between Jews and Christians.
00:06:25 Goldshteyn talks about prewar cultural life, in particular a library and theater performances. He remembers performances by Sidi Tal.
00:08:03 Goldshteyn talks about preware religious life, in particular his bar mitzvah. They then answer questions about cultural terminology, specifically "a guter yid" (a good Jew).
00:13:15 Goldshteyn and Luminskaia discuss traditional weddings and she sings the traditional song "Makhateyniste mayne" (My mother-in-law).
00:18:59 Luminskaia recalls a traditional wedding carried out in secret at her uncle's home in the prewar Soviet period. Goldshteyn recalls gypsies performing at Jewish weddings. Luminskaia then describes a typical wedding she attended.
00:23:53 Goldshteyn discusses folk customs. Luminskaia then recalls how her grandfather applied healing customs to her, when she fell sick as a young girl. He then addresses the custom to avert the evil eye in his hometown.
00:28:17 Goldshteyn and Luminskaia answer questions about cultural terminology.
00:31:08 Goldshteyn and Luminskaia answer dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish questionnaire.
00:51:09 End of recording.