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Oral history interview with Akiba Mozes

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.19 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0019

Akiba Mozes, born on February 24, 1913 in Łódź, Poland, describes attending a Yeshiva and a state school; being very active in the Gordonia youth movement, where he ended up as a counselor; becoming a teacher in a Jewish primary school; learning Hebrew; immigrating on May 27, 1938 to Argentina, where one of his sisters and other relatives had already settled; continuing his activities through Dror-Gordonia, which was affiliated with the Israeli political party MAPAI; his contact with Moshe Kostrinsky (Kitron); the process to become a teacher under the Central Jewish Board of Education and being interviewed by Maximo Yagupsky, Yedidia Efron and Pinhas Neiman; being sent to one of the Baron de Hirsh colonies, Rivera, in order to learn Spanish; staying in Rivera for six years; getting married in 1943 to another activist in the Dror organization who also became a teacher; being guided by the principles of A.D. Gordon, who believed that the Jews had to be productive by working the land; being a teacher in a complementary school and then becoming the director; aspects of the school, including the curriculum, the teachers, the guests (Jaime Finkelstein, Rollansky, and Botoshansky), the inspectors (Meir Berenson, Yagupsky, Efron, and Pinhas Karp) the local politics, and the tensions between those who favored religious education and those who did not; how the curricula in the schools of the colonies was dictated by the Central Jewish Board of Education in Buenos Aires; the enthusiastic reaction from the leftists and Zionists to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948; moving to Buenos Aires in 1949 in order to find a school for their child; being the director of a Jewish complementary school in the suburbs of San Fernando for nine years; writing for many publications and translating books; being promoted to inspector of the Jewish schools in 1958; working in the Central Jewish Board of Education for 20 years; the role of the Jewish complementary schools in the colonies; his thoughts on how to combat assimilation through education and how to produce, empower, and enrich Jewish teachers through the residential seminaries in the provinces; and the political fights between different approaches to the creation of the State of Israel.

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Akiba Mozes
interview:  1984 March 27
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 09:23:38
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