Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Film about Jewish life in Mukacheve (Munkacs) in 1933 and more #ukraine


For those of you who haven't seen it already, you can now see the complete
nine-minute film made about Jewish life in Mukacheve/Munkacs/Munkatch, which
is now in present day Ukraine, but at one time was either part of Hungary,
Czechoslovakia or the Soviet Union.

What can you see in this short film?

You can see the wedding of Frime Chaye Rivke Shapira, who was the daughter
of Grand Rebbe Eleazer Shapira of Munkacs to Rabbi Rabinowitz in March 1933.
She was mother to the present Munkatcher and Dinover Rebbes.

There are also other scenes >from Munkacs, both secular and religious. There
is the wedding and the many well wishers who helped celebrate the wedding in
the streets of Munkacs. You can listen to the Munkacs Rebbe make a speech in
Yiddish, telling all the Jews who were living in the U.S. at the time to
keep the Sabbath. You can hear the cantor sing blessings at the wedding
under the chupah.

Secondly, you can hear the Jewish children of Munkacs sing together. Thirdly
you can see religious Jewish children studying at a religious school in
Munkacs. Fourthly, you can see a young student seeking to buy a religious
book >from a book peddler. Lastly, you can see the joyous celebration of
secular Jews dancing in Munkacs.

So this is one way we can travel back in time nearly seventy-seven years
ago, albeit for just nine minutes. Even if we never had a relative who once
lived in Munkacs, we can probably all appreciate the Jewish culture, the
Jewish life that existed in Eastern Europe (and elsewhere) at the time.

The film clip can be found at The film clip will only
be available on my site through March 7th, when hopefully new film clips, as
part of the Museum's Film Series, will be shown. Now, also through March
7th, you can see the "Dance of Death" scene >from the Yiddish film "The
Dybbuk," as well as see Al Jolson, replete in cantorial garb, sing "Kol
Nidre." Links to these film clips can be found at the bottom of

Steven Lasky

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