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Oral history interview with Leike Kogan

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.17 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0017

Leike Kogan, born in Tzvinsia, near Vilnius, Lithuania in 1911, describes studying in the Tzvinsare Yiddish Gymnasium (or TZISHO); her parents, who were religious Jews; her father, who had been in the Czarist army and was taken prisoner then released in 1920; going with her husband to study in Paris, France; her husband finishing at the school of agronomical engineering, while she took various courses at the Sorbonne; working as an accountant; Mr. Kogan serving in the military in Poland for over two years; being rejected from going to Birobidjan (Birobidzhan, Russia) in 1935; applying to go to Brazil, where she had a brother; Mr. Kogan accepting a job in the colonies of Argentina in 1936; Mr. Kogan’s role as the administrator of 800 farmers; Mr. Kogan founding the first credit cooperative; being in the area of the colonies of Clara, Domínguez, San Antonio, and Las Moscas; being in the province of Entre Rios until 1940; being in Montefiore 1940-1942; Mr. Kogan being sent to General Campos and Palomar; going to Buenos Aires in 1944; her work; the birth of their children; writing for the Jewish Communist newsletters; teaching in the Zhitlovsky schools, where the parents, who were born after the Russian Revolution, wanted their children to continue their progressive paths; teaching for eight years; how the school was forcibly affiliated to the Central Jewish Board of Education and the Zhitlovsky schools had to accept the teachers sent from the Board; the different approaches to teaching history and Biblical miracles; the controversy of teaching Yiddish versus Hebrew; the positive reaction at the creation of the State of Israel; the altercations between the Zhitlovsky schools and the Jewish Board of Education; the expulsion of the ICUF (Yiddisher Kultur Farband) schools from the Jewish Board of Education; teaching in the Peretz Shule 1955-1971; the ICUF Board of Education; the differences between the Zhitlovsky and the Peretz schools and the waning of both organizations due to the national government’s decision to make all schools full day; and the lack of secular studies in the Jewish schools.

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Leike Kogan
interview:  1986 May 15
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 09:40:37
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