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Oral history interview with Manuel Bronstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.6 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0006

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Manuel Bronstein describes working in the practice of Leopoldo Melo; having the opportunity to meet political leaders at the end of Victorino de la Plaza’s presidency; his thoughts on Tomas Le Breton, whom he believes was not antisemitic and that, as a Secretary of Agriculture, he favored the immigration of the Jews; his belief that, excluding the Church’s positions, Argentina aided the Jewish immigration with the help of the Masons; the role of Peralta Ramos in the prohibition of Jewish immigration during WWII; the work of the ICA (Jewish Colonization Association) to bring Jews to the colonies; how Juan B. Justo was opposed to the work of the ICA because of their discrimination against other groups; how his law firm (Satanovsky-Bronstein) defended the colonies when lawsuits were brought against them starting in 1924; his thoughts on why the colonies failed; his opinions on the political parties in Argentina during the “Tragic Week”; the writers who were sympathetic to the Jews, including Jose Ingenieros, Leopoldo Lugones, Alfonsina Storni, and Alberto Gerchunoff; the founding of the Sociedad Hebraica Argentina (SHA) and the guest speakers, including Stefan Zweig (who refused to talk about Jewish subjects), Shaul Tchernikhovsky, and H. Leivick; how Einstein was given an honorary membership by the Society and also came to talk; the fighting of antisemitism in Argentina through the Molot Treaty, which was initiated in the ranks of the community; the founding of the Committee Against Anti-Semitism with the help of France and its bulletin; the reaction to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising; the IAPI (Instituto Argentino de Periodismo Intelectual) finding funds to support the Spanish Civil War; the changing political leanings of the SHA under different presidents; Simon Mirelman coming from Switzerland and arriving prior to WWII and being a friend of the Hebrew University; the fundraising to donate a library to the Hebrew University; political leaders, including Saenz Pena, Hipolito Irigoyen, and President Alvear, and their interactions with the Jewish community; Haim Avni’s visit; the “Tragic Week”; and an anecdote about Mauricio Nirenstein, first president of the SHA, professor of Economics and Spanish Literature at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

Manuel Bronstein
1983  (interview)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
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Record last modified: 2018-05-04 14:20:12
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