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Oral history interview with Manuel Bronstein

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

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).

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Manuel Bronstein
interview:  1983
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 09:23:36
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