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Oral history interview with Rita Genekhovna Shveibish and Isaak Peisakhovich Shveibish

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.103.15 | RG Number: RG-50.632.0015

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    Oral history interview with Rita Genekhovna Shveibish and Isaak Peisakhovich Shveibish


    Interview Summary
    Rita Genekhovna Shveibish (born in 1936 in Tulchin, Ukraine) and Isaak Peisakhovich Shveibish (born in 1931 in Gorishkovka, Tomashpolsky district, Ukraine) describe their childhoods; Mr. Shveibish's experiences in Gorishkovka (also spelled Horyshkivka), which was a small Romanian Jewish village with 181 families and how now no one is left; the synagogue and Jewish school in Gorishkovka; the cemetery in Tomashpol, where visits the graves of his parents; the ghetto in Gorishkovka during the war and how the Jews were not taken to concentration camps; his father, who was a purveyor, and his mother, who worked at a kolkhoz (collective farm); his work at a shoe factory; moving to Tulchin in 1956; Mrs. Rita Shveibish's work as a nurse and her diploma in midwifery; their visits to the cemetery and how clothing was torn or cut at funerals; the 10 synagogues in Tulchin before the war; being married to each other for 37 years; the large population of Jews in Tulchin before the war; Mrs. Shveibish's Jewish name, which is Reyze; Jewish wedding traditions; Jewish traditions performed after the death of a family member; the importance of not refusing the wishes of a pregnant woman; the two midwives in Tulchin; people with an evil eye and practices used to prevent babies form being affected by the evil eye; how in Gorishkovka the houses were placed very close together and in the center of town there was a market square; the one small store in Gorishkovka as well as some shoemakers and tailors; how Jewish houses were different from Ukrainian houses; baking bread, made of wheat and rye, on Thursdays; the challah, which was made from wheat; the various foods that were prepared for Jewish holidays; and his father's participation in Jewish theater.
    Isaak P. Sheibish
    Rita G. Shveibish
    interview:  2005 July 21-2006 July 09

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    The European University at St. Petersburg contributed the St. Petersburg Judaica Project to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives via the United States Holocaust Museum International Archives Project in June 2009.
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