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Adolf Smajovics

Adolf Smajovics

born in Velyka Kopanya , 1922


Adolf Smajovics grew up with two brothers and one sister, as well as four half-siblings. He attended cheder at the age of four and began his education at a Czech school in Vynohradiv when he was six years old. His father was a field worker and died in 1926, as result of an accident with his horses. He began a blacksmith apprenticeship in 1939. Before he was a forced laborer for a Hungarian army battalion from 1942 until 1945, he worked as locksmith and blacksmith.

Current Video: A True "Khosid"

In this clip, Adolf Smajovics remembers a song about Hasidic devotion from his childhood in Transcarpathia. Another variant can be found here, performed by a fellow Transcarpathian from Kolochava.

A complete version of this Hasidic song can be found in the Soviet publication "Folklore Song Collection" (Kyiv, 1936). These versions are probably later variants of the originally maskilic anti-Hasidic song called "Mayn tshuve" (my repentance), written by Mikhl Gordon.

Oy rebenyu, ikh shtey un tsiter,
in mayn hertsl brent a fayer.
Ikh vel zayn a khosidl a guter
a khosidl a getrayer.

In der heyser mikve vel ikh mikh toyvlen
zumer in di greste hitsn.
A zaydenem kaftn vel ikh mir koyfn,
a shtrayml mit zibetsik shpitsn.

Bay dem davenen vel ikh mikh shoklen
un makhn farsheydene havayes.
Der rebe mit zayne khasidimlekh veln dos tsukukn
zey oyslozn dos khayes.
My dear rebbe, I stand [before you] and tremble,
a fire burns in my little heart.
I will be a good, devoted hasid,
a hasid, a faithful one.
I will immerse in the hot mikveh

in the greatest heat of summer.
I will buy a silk caftan,

a shtreimel with seventy laces.

I will shokel during prayers

and make different grimaces.
The rebbe with his hasidim will pay attention to it,
they lose themselves of joy.