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Oral history interview with Samuel Glusberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.12 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0012

Samuel Glusberg, born in Chisinau, Bessarabia (Moldova) in 1898, describes being one of six children; his family immigrating to Argentina and arriving in Buenos Aires in 1905; his father’s death in 1914 of tuberculosis; attending an elementary school starting at age five; speaking Yiddish at home; learning Spanish at school; how there was not an organized Jewish school in the community; graduating from the Normal School; becoming an elementary school teacher; receiving further education in order to teach literature in high schools; working in the teachers’ library; visiting an uncle in Chile and how he was very influential in Samuel’s life; getting married and living in Chile for the following 30 years; having one child, Leon; returning to Argentina; how at the age of 20 he witnessed the “Tragic Week” in Argentina, when a pogrom of the Jews ensued; occasionally using the pseudonym Enrique Espinoza; his career as a writer, journalist, historian, editor, and essayist; being the secretary of the writers’ guild and one of the founders of Hebraica (a Jewish cultural and sports center); his thoughts on various Yiddish newspapers, including “Di Yiddishe Tzaitung” and “Di Presse”, and the popular magazines “Sur” and “Davar”; and befriending many writers, activists, poets, and politicians known world-wide.

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Samuel Glusberg
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:41
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