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Oral history interview with Raúl Abramzon

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.33 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0033

Raul Abramzon describes living in the colony Bernasconi, Argentina, where his father lived from 1910 to 1951; attending elementary school in La Pampa, Argentina; studying accounting in the commercial high school in Moisés Ville, Argentina; moving to Moisés Ville because the fields were more fertile; seeing the exodus from the colonies beginning in 1951, because economic conditions were better and parents could send their offspring to study in the city; the very first colony, Mauricio, in Carlos Casares, that was practically empty of Jews after they sold or rented their lands and moved to the city; the social life and activities in Moisés Ville; getting married in 1983; his positive, nostalgic view of the colony; the values he sees working in agriculture; his father and he adding to their original hectares and exporting cattle and alfalfa twice a week to Bolivia; the positive connection his parents had to the JCA (Jewish Colonization Association) even though the main administrators were in London; his praise for the Moisés Ville cooperative, which mediated in conflicts between its members and unions and helped to market the colonies’ production; the relationship with Sancor, which was the dairy company to which the farmers sold their goods; the attraction of the cities for the Jewish and immigrant farmers; and the floods starting in 1973, which caused so much economic loss and were another reason for the exodus from the colonies.

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Raúl Abranzon
interview:  1989 June 24
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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