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Oral history interview with David Blejer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.3 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0003

David Blejer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, describes his paternal grandfather, who was born in Russia and immigrated to Argentina in 1892; his maternal grandfather (last name Volochs), who was born near Odessa, Ukraine and emigrated in 1882; his father, who was born in Russia and became the first local resident administrator of a Baron de Hirsh colony; his grandparents’ occupations; the Jewish colonization in Argentina and the various colonies, including San Antonio, Basavilbaso, Lucienville, Escrinia, Curbelo, Vila, Lopez, Verno, Balvanera, Clara, Colon, Avigdor, Dominguez in the province of Entre Rios, and Rivera in the province of Buenos Aires; his education; his Jewish identification and activities; the languages they spoke at home; antisemitism before and during the war years (1937 to 1945); the anti-Jewish immigration policy in Argentina; the relationship between the settlers and the JCA (Jewish Colonization Association); the successes and failures of the Jewish colonization in Argentina; the crisis of the 1930s; his political activities; Judaism in his family now; his opinions on the Eichmann capture and his trial in Israel; and his opinion on the State of Israel.

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David Blejer
interview:  1985 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 09:23:35
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