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Oral history interview with Miguel Kandin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.16 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0016

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Miguel Kandin, born in 1922 on a ship that was sailing from Russia to Palestine, describes living with his family in Tel Aviv (Israel) until shortly after the Arab-Jewish disturbances of 1929; immigrating to Argentina in October 1930; his father return to Palestine in 1939 and death in 1948; his mother’s death in 1947; his parents’ backgrounds; the commercial activities of the Jews arriving in Argentina from Aleppo and Damscus; how Kashruth was stricter in Argentina than in Israel; the relationship between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews; the unity of the Sephardim and Ashkenazi during WWII; his theory on assimilation and relaxation of the religious precepts; his neighbors in Buenos Aires; attending a school run by the Aleppo Jewish community; the controversy of teaching Hebrew with Arabic translation; his role in the Jewish community and as a member of the executive committee in the Ashkenazi congregation in 1953; the cemeteries of the different sects; methods for financing the Hebrew school; working in textiles with his brother-in-law; getting married and having four sons; opening an integrated elementary and high school; the process of opening schools; and his interactions with the National Secretary of Education and the leadership from the Jewish community.

Miguel Kandin
1986 May 13  (interview)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
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