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Oral history interview with Moisés Banchik

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

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.

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Moisés Banchik
Ana E. de Weinstein
interview:  1989 January 03
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 09:23:42
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