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Oral history interview with Moisés Banchik

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.29.52 | RG Number: RG-50.590.0052

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Moisés Banchik, born in 1901 in Villaguay, Argentina, describes his parents, who arrived in Argentina in 1989-1900 from Rumania and settled in Villaguay; growing up on a farm in the colony; the Jewish Colonization Association (JCA) and the challenges the new colonies faced; JCA policies; the JCA building a school, the “Escuela Lucienville No. 11”, in October 1907; details on the education in the school; the diminishing of the religious observances by the Jewish colonies over the years; the founding of the cooperative and his father becoming the president of it in 1910; his family prospering; life under Peron’s leadership; his father’s support of Zionism; the building of a hospital; the rumor of pogrom coming in 1910, which did not occur; “the Tragic Week” in 1919 when Jews were attacked in Buenos Aires; how during WWII people had access to radios and the news from the war, and the relations between the Jews and the local Germans did not suffer; the JCA bringing some Jewish youth to the colonies; the celebrations after the founding of the State of Israel; the beginning of many mixed marriages; participating in the United Jewish Appeal to help the newly created State of Israel, the AMIA, and the Jewish Board of Education; how many Jews who had been carpenters, blacksmiths, shoemakers, and all kinds of artisans, began arriving in Basavilbaso and continued their jobs in town; the unions of the various artisans; and the economic situation for the artisans.

Moisés Banchik
Ana E. de Weinstein
1989 January 03  (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: 2019-01-16 11:47:38
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