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Oral history interview with Hersch Goldmintz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.14 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0014

Hersch Goldmintz, born in 1909 in Belchatow, Poland, discusses his father, who belonged to the Mizrahi organization (a religious-Zionist movement); attending secular schools and a Jewish school; working at an early age in the textile industry like his father; joining the Bund movement and being active in the union of the textile workers; supporting the school of the Bund movement along with Poale Zion and Folkspartai; the conflicts amongst the various organizations during the 1930-31 a campaign to help Poland’s schools; deciding to emigrate to South America in 1934; the journey through Brazil to Argentina; participating in the Eucharistic Congress of 1934; his limited work in Brazil as a peddler and his move to Argentina, where he was able to join the textile industry; starting his own business in 1951; being active in the Peretz Schule; becoming part of the Jewish Board of Education and the ideological clashes; the differences between Jewish children in Poland and those in Argentina; decline of Yiddish in successive generations; how after the war a need was felt to return to the rituals of Judaism; celebrating holidays and rites of passage; the resurgence of Yiddish language; how the bankruptcy of the Bund cooperative affected the support of the Bund schools; and his pride that his grandchild attends a Yiddish school and that another grandchild lives in Israel.

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Hersch Goldmintz
interview:  1986 May 02
Credit Line
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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