A Hanukka ghost

Name of speaker: 
Berta Schmuklerski-Guggenheim
Participants in the conversation: 
Robertine Wyler-Bloch
Gender of speaker: 
Female
Occupation of speaker: 
Housekeeper
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
79
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Yiddish
Conversation topics: 
Documentation: 
Florence Guggenheim-Grünberg Archive (FlGA)
Year of recording: 
1957

Translation: 

A Hanukka ghost

Speaker 1: What a nice Hanukkah we always had. How jolly it used to be, when the girls played together. I once invited nineteen [girls], it was wonderful.

Speaker 2: Yes, we also used to make nice invitations. But we went to play once, down in the village, and when we went home, a black cat crossed the street. And Lina and I, we were afraid, and we stood for more than half an hour on the bridge, and didn’t go home until somebody came and got us. But the invitatio...read more

Transcription: 

Speaker 1: duː, ʋi hen miːr als ə preɕtigə xanigə gheːt dəhaːm, ʋi luʃtig is əs als gəʋeː, ʋen dou di maːdliɕ tsamə gʃpilt hen, (ə) hab əmol nointseiən ãĩgəladə ghet, s ʋundərʃøn gəʋeːzə.

 

Speaker 2: jɔ, ʋir hen ax aləʋail ʃeini ãĩladiŋə gəmaxt, abər miːr sin əmol gəʋeː gə ʃpiːlə, am dɔrf undə. un ʋu mər haːm kaŋə sin, is ə ʃʋatsi kʰats ibər də ʃtraus ibərə gəlofə. uːn di liːnən un iç, mi hen mɔːrə ghet, uns mei as ə halb ʃtund sin mir dɔt uf də bruk obə ʃtẽĩ gəblibə, un sin ga...read more

More info: 

This conversation between two speakers of Swiss Western Yiddish Berta Schmuklerski-Guggenheim, born 1878 Endingen (since 1915 lived in Zürich) and Robertine Wyler-Bloch, born on 1881 Endingen (since 1908 lived in Brugg, and since 1947 lived in Zürich) was recorded in 1957. Among other things, they talk about a game called “Grisch” (literally “bran”): Coins are put into a pile of bran, every child gets a part of it and then searches it to find a coin. A literal translation of this recording complete with a linguistic commentary can be found in Fleischer (2005: 171–173, in German).

Source: Fleischer, Jürg. 2005. Surbtaler und Hegauer Jiddisch: Tonaufnahmen und Texte zum Westjiddischen in der Schweiz und Südwestdeutschland. Tübingen: Niemeyer, pp. 171–173