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Oral history interview with Norberto Brodsky and Roberto Schopflocher

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.31 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0031

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Norberto Brodsky, born in 1924 in Villaguay, Argentina, describes his parents, who arrived in Argentina in 1895; being one of six children; his parents’ living in the colony of Perlisa (formerly La Capilla and today Sajaroff) before his father moved to the city of Rosario to look for better opportunities; his father’s furniture store that eventually became a chain; his father moving to Villaguay in 1914; being a child in Villaguay, where there were only three other Jewish families, including his family, the Drukers, and the Neumans; the Drukers’ cigarette factory and the Neumans’ hardware store; Villaguay having 80 Jewish families by 1950; antisemitism in Villaguay and the fear of a potential pogrom a year after the “Tragic Week”; the Jewish leader Dr. David Blejer, who maintained in the 1930s the nationalist and Nazis had sympathizers in Argentina; his view of Hugo Wast, who was the Secretary of Education in 1947, and the prevalent antisemitism in Argentina; the Jewish population in the colonies of Avigdor, Alcaraz, Rivera, and Narcise Leven; Jewish farmers transferring from colonies to larger towns; and his thoughts on the Jewish colonies, including colony Clara.
Roberto Schopflocher, born in 1923, describes arriving with his parents from Furdh, Germany in 1937; studying agronomy in Cordoba; working in the JCA (Jewish Colonization Association) as an agronomist and as an assistant to the administrators beginning in 1946 in Pedernal (formally Santa Isabel colony); working under Ruben Tzefliatzky; working later on as an assistant to the administrator in the General Campos and as an agronomist in San Salvador colony; being promoted to head administrator of the colony of Basavilbaso; going to Dominguez and then to Avigdor and Alcaraz; leaving the JCA in 1951 and moving to Buenos Aires to join his father’s import business; the birth of his first child; the reasons for the abandoning of the colonies; and the colonies at present.

Norberto Brodsky
Roberto Schopflocher
Daniel Bargman
Ana E. de Weinstein
1997  (interview)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina-Communidad de Buenos Aires
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Record last modified: 2018-05-04 14:20:18
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