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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

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.

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Norberto Brodsky
Roberto Schopflocher
Daniel Bargman
Ana E. de Weinstein
interview:  1997
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 09:23:40
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