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Oral history interview with Efim Menashevich Karetnik

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.103.29 | RG Number: RG-50.632.0029

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Efim Menashevich Karetnik, born in 1939 in Tulchin, Ukraine, discusses his family’s migration from Siberia, where Jews were exiled under the tsar; the deaths of many children in 1933; traditions at Jewish funerals; the role of the rabbi in Tulchin; how Jews used to bake their own matzo for Passover; celebrating Rosh ha-Shanah; Jewish traditions during and after childbirth; Jewish superstitions; speaking Yiddish; his mother who was from a poor family with many children; his father who had 14 brothers; Kosher butchers; the Jewish matchmaker in Tulchin; living for a time in an old house in Tulchin with five Jewish families; the layout of Jewish homes; his mother and younger brother hiding in the attic from attackers; other places Jews hid from persecution; hearing from his mother about a priest named Berdichansky who defended the Jews from attackers; some Tulchin Jews converting to Christianity; his Ukrainian wife who celebrates all Jewish holidays with him; the Jewish society in Tulchin; and his son, speaks and writes Hebrew and is a jurist in Israel.

Interviewee
Efim M. Karetnik
Date
2005 July 23  (interview)
Extent
2 digital file : MP3.
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Record last modified: 2018-07-30 13:41:36
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