Some of these recordings start in the middle of an interview. I'm still looking for other tapes and will post if and when I find them. If you don't hear the sound right away, click on the to activate.
The sisters explore family relationships, including Isaac's brothers and sisters. Sonnie was 85 at the time - and why she had two immigration cards - one in the name of Sarah and one for Sonnie. Sonnie talks about HIAS and the immigration process, traveling with a 9-month old baby, and how losing baggage at the beginning of the trip caused a week delay.
Sonnie's accent is fairly thick and her speech is full of Yiddishisms., but turn up the volume and try to catch it all.
This was a second interview with Sophie after the one with her and Walter. Sophie gives her recollections of Boguslav with its beautiful river and their house. She also tells of the matchmaker who brought Dossie and Sam together.
In a far-ranging conversation, Sophie talks about her memories of David Kleiman, when the different families immigrated and the journey to get to America. She relates the death of her father Isaac, and how the family survived the attack by Cossacks.
This is probably the most moving and comprehensive telling of the conditions in Boguslav before 1919. Let your children listen to this to get an idea of what a 10-year-old Sophie went through to survive.
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A young David Kleiman asks his grandfather about Reform, German & Russian Jews. Louis had a lot to say on the subject; fortunately, David had the tape recorder running.
NOTE: the sound quality is poor and you may have to up the volume to understand.