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Oral history interview with Fira Izrailevna Bekman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2009.103.16 | RG Number: RG-50.632.0016

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    Oral history interview with Fira Izrailevna Bekman


    Interview Summary
    Fira Izrailevna Bekman (Melamud), born in 1926, describes moving from Kharkiv to Tulchin, Ukraine when she was young; living in Odessa as a little girl; attending the first grade at a Jewish school in Kharkiv, and then attending a Ukrainian school when she moved to Tulchin; living in Uzbekistan during the war and learning to speak Yiddish; her father's death at the front; the deaths of many Jews who fought in the war; how her family celebrated Passover before the war, including the kosher dishes they prepared; her father, who was the editor of the local Ukrainian newspaper; her work for 42 years as a medic in local hospital; how Jews were not allowed to perform circumcision before the war, but an old Jew performed circumcisions in the synagogue in secret; how Jews buried their dead very quickly; how there was no synagogue in Tulchin after the war; traditions during Hanukkah; the poor neighborhood in Tulchin called Kapsonivka; Jewish life in Tulchin before the war, including the women who worked as matchmakers, the Jewish theater and klezmer music, and Jewish journals; how she cries when she hears Jewish music; the village called Gorishkovka (also spelled Horyshkivka), where many Jews lived before the war; and how many Jews were tradespeople.
    Fira I. Bekman
    interview:  2005 July 24

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    4 digital files : MP3.

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    Bekman, Fira Izrailevna.

    Administrative Notes

    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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