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 (09-007.11-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 221

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Date: June 5, 2006

Participants: Butorski, Boris. Interviewed by Moisei Lemster, Dov-Ber Kerler.

Location recorded: Bender, Transnistria, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

The recording is a formal interview with Boris (Berl) Butorski, born 1930 in Tighina.

00:00:00 Butorski provides personal information.
00:01:15 Butorski provides personal information and talks about his family. His father was a painter and then owned a hotel, because his vision began to fade before the war. Butorski grew up with a brother, who lives in Israel. Butorski mentions that he lived in Israel for nine years. After the war, he attended a hairdresser vocational school and then learned to be a cutter at a supplier. He worked there until 1967. Before his retirement, he worked at a 5:36 technicum.
00:05:45 Butorski discusses his childhood memories, including his mother's cooking. He also addresses holiday celebration. He attended a Romanian school for four years. His father hired a private religious tutor, who taught Butorski at home.
00:10:20 Butorski talks about his family, as well as holiday celebration.
00:12:24 Butorski addresses prewar Jewish life in Tighina. There were fifteen synagogues in town, according to him.
00:15:26 Butorski discusses his childhood memories and mentions his childhood friends. He then talks about holiday celebration, including Sabbath and food customs. He shares his mother's recipe for gefilte fish.
00:22:42 Butorski talks about his family. He recalls how his aunt sang Yiddish song. Butorski's mother moved to Israel before 1991 and he visited her in 1988. He also addresses holiday celebration, including Passover and Purim.
00:26:32 Butorski talks about life before the war. He recalls a Christian friend who converted to Judaism for his wife. Butorski also discusses sport clubs.
00:30:19 Butorski talks about his life during World War II. He describes how his family went into evacuation. His father organized a horse and wagon and they drove to Tiraspol, where they stayed for two or three days. Butorski continues that his family hid in train cars underneath cow fur and was headed to the Rostov province. He explains how they lived in a house, which previously Germans inhabited, for three months. Butorski's family evacuated further to Stalingrad, where they lived until the end of 1941; before evacuating further to Makhachkala, Russia; Baku, Azerbaijan, (where they stayed for one month); Türkmenbaşy (Krasnovodsk), Turkmenistan; Tashkent, Kyrgyzstan; and Pavlodar province. In the Pavlodar province, his family worked on a kolkhoz. Butorski worked the field between the end of 1942 and 1944. He states that his family returned from evacuation in 1944.
00:36:12 Butorski talks about his return to Tighina in 1944. His family moved into his grandfather's house and his father fixed it up. He then explains how Butorski's grandfather died during evacuation and his father returned to Odesa with him on a horse and wagon in order to bury him there.
00:38:05 Butorski talks about his life after the war. Instead of finishing his school education, Butorski was an apprentice at a hairdresser artel for five/six months and then learned to be a cutter at a shoe factory in 1946. Butorski served in the military between 1950 and 1953. After his military service, Butorski joined the shoe factory 40:33 again and worked there until 1976. Until his retirement, he worked as a 40:40 technician. He moved to Israel in 1995, where he and his wife lived for nine years. Butorski then explains why he returned to Moldova. He raised three sons; two live in Israel and one lives in Canada.
00:44:40 Butorski talks about life today. He then answers questions about cultural terminology and talks about his family.
00:52:09 Butorski discusses traditional weddings. He recalls his brother's wedding in 1946 and performances by Sidi Tal.
00:56:28 Butorski talks about life today and then answers dialectological questions from the AHEYM Yiddish questionnaire.
00:57:56 End of recording.