Re: Moldova, Moldavia, Bessarabia #romania

Yefim Kogan

Dear Luc,

I think you made a very good observation. Thanks a lot.

I just want to add a little about languages.

For at least Bessarabian Jews Yiddish was a language at home much longer. I
was born after the war and Yiddish was spoken in our home, and was first
language for my brother and myself and many Jews in my generation. In all
other Russia (Soviet Union) Yiddish mostly disappeared in 1920s-30s, but for
Bessarabia and also western parts of Ukraine, Yiddish was the language in
our homes.

Also for those Jews who lived in Bessarabia between the wars the Romanian
language was spoken too, especially in smaller communities, maybe less in
Kishinev. Many Jews studied in regular schools, which between the wars were
mostly Romanian schools, and not Russian. Romanian disappeared after the
war. In my generation we studied in Russian schools, and Romanian was a
"second" language and very few spoke it.

Let's continue our discussions.

L'Shana Tovah.
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Coordinator
Bendery, Tarutino, Akkerman, Kiliya - all in Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in
Galatz, Romania, KOGAN in Dubossary, Moldova, SRULEVICH in Shanghai, China

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