Re: [Cz-L] Houses

From: Miriam Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:53:06 -0500
To: Anny Matar <>
Reply-To: Miriam Taylor <>

For mr too, the cellars in Czernowitz houses were scary.
They were dank, dark and smelly. Wood for heating, potatoes
and other root vegetables were stored in them.
Apples were stored in the attic which made the attic smell very nice.

Czernowitz winters were very, very cold.
It was said that the lowest temperature recorded was -40 C,
which is also-40 F. This was in the winter of 1940 - 1941
and people joked that the Russians had brought the cold with them
from Siberia.

The peasants wrapped the butter and cheese they sold in Rhubarb leaves
which are much bigger than lettuce leaves and have no value in
A Subotniki peasant woman brought these to my mother even during the
even though it was against the law for her to deliver food to Jews.


On Nov 17, 2014, at 5:36 AM, Anny Matar wrote:

> I remember 2 Boiden(s). One my mothers eldest sister who was "the
> leader of
> the flock! (Respetksperson) and family center. Her Boidem, as ours,
> had
> wooden flooring, each tenant had a cubbyhole with a door, lock and
> key. All
> things, as Hedwige writes not used were stored there, laundry dried in
> winter (white, starched, hanging like ghosts till taken down for
> ironing,
> pillowcases when ironed made a SWISSSHHHH sound when opened for
> use) but in
> my aunts attic(boidem) were the pots, pans, cutlery, and crockery for
> Pessach. Each year we went up, my cousin and I and carried them
> down in
> baskets after grandfather had, the night before, gone over with a
> candle
> and a feather to see that the kitchen was Kosher for Pessach.
> Memories of
> long long ago!!!
> Hardy had a great imagination throughout his life. The cellar was
> not a
> scary place, just dark with a tiny window. It was a place into which
> potatoes, wood for heating, apples and boxes of eggs with thick
> salt in
> between them so they don't freeze, were stored. Winter was a hard
> time in
> our town with 18 and over 20C below zero, the peasants didn't come
> to the
> market, sometimes they came to the house and brought butter holding
> them in
> their blue hands form the cold on small lettuce leaves a piece of
> fresh
> butter. That was so long ago and I never thought it'll end but it
> all ended
> abruptly and for ever.
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