Almost any guest of Pavlodar to the question: "Where to go? And what sights to visit in the city?" hear an answer: "Visit the Shafer house; it is a unique place". So, why this museum is a unique and with the original name "Schafer House"? The first - it is the only post-Soviet space museum of records, moreover, many experts argue that there is not any equal museum in the world to "Schafer House" museum with the biggest collection of records. Even more surprising is the fact, that all those priceless cultural wealth were collected by a unique person - Nahum Grigorevich Schafer.
Nahum Grigorevich was born on 13 January 1931 in Kishinev, in a religious Jewish family. After the liberation of Moldova by Soviet troops, he was deported to Kazakhstan with his parents and younger brother.
A boy of ten years worked as a shepherd and kolkhoz hay mower during the Great Patriotic War. He graduated from high school in Akmola (now Astana) in 1949, and then entered to the Faculty of Kazakh State University named after S.M. Kirov (now Kazakh National State University named after Al-Farabi).
And then there was a long, interesting and sometimes difficult life, which was full of joy, success and frustration. For many years, Naum worked in the education system and enlightenment. At current time he holds the position of professor in the Department of Russian Philology in the Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute.
Besides the main activity, Naum Shafer had a passion, which eventually became a work of his life, he collected an amazing collection.
Here how Naum Shafer tells: "It all started with the thirty plates, which I, ten year old boy, brought to Kazakhstan, when our family was deported from Bessarabia. As they were presented to mom and dad on their wedding day, this is our family heirloom. "
- "The meeting was spontaneously: I bought everything what I liked. But 15-16 years I began to realize what I was doing, and set a goal - to collect world music at their best specimens".
- "Of course, purchasing records and books for modest teaching salary was difficult. And I agreed with my wife Natasha: live on one salary, and for another salary collect what expensive for us. Such a crazy life we live by regretting everything, but the collection was assembled without any esthetical frills: symphony is peacefully with the song, and jazz - with a ditty".
As a result, Pavlodar has a unique museum of records - "House of Shafer" due to the work and fanatical passion of this amazing man.
The museum was opened on 21 February 2001. Today, his collection has 25,000 records, 1500 reels of tape recordings, 1500 audiocassettes. Card file includes more than 500,000 cards for music (by composers and performers). In addition, the museum has laser disks, and an extensive movie library. A large library attached for all, including 20,000 books, old magazines and newspapers.
The staff of the museum consists of six people. These people are constantly working on systematization and enlarging the collection. More than 10 000 people visit the museum "Shafer House" every year. The museum does an active educational work. Employees provide literal and musical evenings, concerts of records, meetings, presentations of books and music of CDs by using a unique collection and organize regularly guided tours, lectures and exhibitions.
Unique "Shafer House" museum of records is the pride of residents of Pavlodar, and an important cultural attraction throughout Kazakhstan.