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Oral history interview with Israel Novodvorsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.20 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0020

Israel Novodvorsky, born in 1905 in Diatlovo, Poland (now Dziatlava, Belarus), discusses his father, who was a shoemaker; growing up the oldest of nine children; working in Vilnius, Lithuania for a year and a half, learning the tailoring of military uniforms; being recruited for his military service; his desire to immigrate to the United States; borrowing money for passage to Argentina; arriving in Argentina on October 18, 1923 and working in his profession immediately; joining the labor union two days after his arrival in Buenos Aires; getting married in 1928 and having one daughter; separating from his wife in 1932; being active in the union for over 63 years; his role as secretary and organizing the famous strike of 1933, during which every branch of the needle workers (tailors, cutters, ironers, etc.) participated; extending the strike to a large area of Buenos Aires; how the union was able to feed the unemployed workers for during the six-week strike; the Jews who were active in the strike, including Adolfo Jitler, Wasserman (the poet), Simon Salomon, Rosenfarb, Moishele Ieger, Rogovich, Matrajt, Ribak, Lewintal, and Julio Liberman; the strikers’ demands, which were promised by contract and never implemented, including paid vacations, job security, and better pay; the development of the workshops into large factories that supplied big department stores; opening his own business in 1946 and operating it until the end of 1978; and his writing about the public meetings of the anarchists.

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Israel Novodvorsky
interview:  1986 August 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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