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Oral history interview with Efim Menashevich Karetnik

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

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    Oral history interview with Efim Menashevich Karetnik


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Efim M. Karetnik
    interview:  2005 July 23

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    2 digital file : MP3.

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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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