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Oral history interview with Flora Abzac

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.1 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0001

Flora Abzac, born near Łódź, Poland in 1917, describes being one of seven children; her father working as a peddler, selling knives; how her family was not observant; her family deciding to emigrate when they were older in order to stay together; going in 1930 to Argentina, where they had a relative who owned a textile factory; working at the textile factory with her father; wanting to pursue her high school education, but her work schedule changed every week; how in 1935 she became active in the Textile Workers Union because the salaries in the textile factories for the simple workers were low and the hours were long; how many members were Socialist and Communist Jews; becoming a delegate fairly soon and being the head of that year’s strike of the textile workers; being the only one who escaped being sent to jail after the police interrupted the meeting of the committee organizing the strike; 1,000 workers participating in the strike, which lasted three weeks; visiting the leaders who were in jail and getting instructions from them on how to negotiate with the factory owners; and stopping her union activities in 1952.

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Flora Abzac
interview:  1986 October
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:36
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