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Oral history interview with Eva Voloshin de Lisnofsky

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.36 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0036

Eva Voloshin de Lisnofsky, born in Argentina in 1912, describes being the daughter of colonists; her three siblings; her parents arriving in Argentina around 1908 from Russia; the difficulty of life in the colony, El Palmar, (near Ubajay); having income from harvests and dairy products made of their cows’ milk; how the girls stayed home and only the boys worked the fields; attending school, where they studied the secular subjects for half a day and the Jewish subjects for the other half of the day; attending school from 8 am to 4 pm; the Yiddish teacher Mr. Forman; the secular teacher Mr. Berchovsky; school only going to the third grade and consisting of mostly Jewish students; the children’s participation in theater; the national and Jewish celebrations; going at the age of 11 to live with her older sister, who was already married and lived in Libaros, Entre Rios (near Basavilbaso); the 13 Jewish families in Libaros; her father’s death at an early age; her younger brother’s move to Basavilbaso, where he bought a plant that produced soda water; how none of the 72 colonists of El Palmar bought their lands and the land went to non-Jewish owners; the Jewish Colonization Association (JCA); getting married at the age of 26 in Concepcion Del Uruguay; meeting her husband in Parana; the colonists marrying amongst themselves and being an exception to that trend; her first daughter’s death at birth in Parana; having another daughter; moving to Buenos Aires when her daughter was an infant; her husband’s transportation business; how her family was Zionist but not religious; the two organizations in her school, the Israel League and the Zionist League; being treasure for both organizations; and the Balfour Declaration and the celebrations in the town.

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Eva V. Lisnofsky
interview:  1989 January 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 09:40:38
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