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Author:
Bloch & Neuman
Subject:
Jews
History
Biography
Creator:
Tuteur, Armand
Description:
Article published in the Reform Advocate on October 11, 1913.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Keimowitz, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Keimowitz discusses his life in Hungary, service in World War I fighting in Russia, and his immigration to New York City. He details his work history, his efforts to establish himself in business and become a United States citizen, and life with his wife and two sons, Rudy and Robert, in Middletown, New York. He also discusses Jewish life. This tape includes discussion of the following topics: Birth in Hungary - Parents and family - Nyírbátor, Hungary - Childhood home - Role of mother - Family diet - Kosher butcher shops - Father - Mother - Jewish culture in the town - Siblings - Brother’s family taken by Nazis - Life after Nazis - Extended relatives - Friends in Hungary.
00:02:00- Birth in Hungary
00:02:30- Parents and family
00:06:00- Nyírbátor, Hungary
00:09:40-Childhood home
00:12:00- Role of mother
00:17:45-Family diet
00:20:41-Kosher butcher shops
00:21:13-Father
00:26:36-Mother
00:32:00-Jewish culture in the town
00:33:45-Siblings
00:40:56-Brother’s family taken by Nazis
00:43:13- Life after Nazis
00:51:15-Extended relatives
00:56:25- Friends in Hungary
Tape 1 of 7.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Keimowitz, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Keimowitz discusses his life in Hungary, service in World War I fighting in Russia, and his immigration to New York City. He details his work history, his efforts to establish himself in business and become a United States citizen, and life with his wife and two sons, Rudy and Robert, in Middletown, New York. He also discusses Jewish life. This tape includes discussion of the following topics: Boys’ Education in Hungary - Hebrew school - Working with father, managing cattle - Start of World War, 1914-1918 - Draft and training experiences in war - Army and postwar anti-semitism - Return home after capture, 1921 - Experience in trenches, Russia and Romania - Fighting in Italy and Belgium.
00:00:34- Boys’ Education in Hungary
00:04:57-Hebrew school
00:08:14-Working with father, managing cattle
00:17:34- Start of World War, 1914-1918
00:18:42-Draft and training experiences in war
00:25:42-Army and postwar anti-semitism
00:40:16-Return home after capture, 1921
00:41:53- Experience in trenches, Russia and Romania
00:50:46- Fighting in Italy and Belgium
Tape 2 of 7.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Keimowitz, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Keimowitz discusses his life in Hungary, service in World War I fighting in Russia, and his immigration to New York City. He details his work history, his efforts to establish himself in business and become a United States citizen, and life with his wife and two sons, Rudy and Robert, in Middletown, New York. He also discusses Jewish life. This tape includes discussion of the following topics: Illegal immigration to United States - Employment, cleaning factory - Move to Middletown, NY - Weekend travels - Wife Anna's family - Employment, candy business - Marriage, 1934 - Life during the Depression - Home after marriage - Employment, electrical work - Growth of electrical business - Mafia buys electrical business - Rebuilding of house.
00:00:20- Illegal immigration to United States
00:13:00-Employment, cleaning factory
00:17:40- Move to Middletown, NY
00:22:07- Weekend travels
00:24:50- Wife Anna's family
00:26:08- Employment, candy business
00:31:40- Marriage, 1934
00:35:40- Life during the Depression
00:38:20- Home after marriage
00:41:45- Employment, electrical work
00:49:40- Growth of electrical business
00:55:30- Mafia buys electrical business
00:58:52- Rebuilding of house
Tape 4 of 7.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Keimowitz, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Keimowitz discusses his life in Hungary, service in World War I fighting in Russia, and his immigration to New York City. He details his work history, his efforts to establish himself in business and become a United States citizen, and life with his wife and two sons, Rudy and Robert, in Middletown, New York. He also discusses Jewish life. This tape includes discussion of the following topics: Involvement in stock market, 1976 - Children - Involvement in Elks and local synagogue - Illegal immigrant status - Helping brother leave Hungary, World War, 1939-1945 - Effect of war on business - Day the war started - Opinions on Democratic convention and Reverend Jesse Jackson - Opinions on Frederick Douglas Roosevelt - Black market, World War, 1939-1945 - Electrical contracts -Memories of the Nineteen Twenties - Learning English in America - First car - Wife's family - Birth of sons, 1936 and 1938 - Sons’ education.
00:00:36- Involvement in stock market, 1976
00:02:05- Children
00:04:17- Involvement in Elks and local synagogue
00:05:01- Illegal immigrant status
00:14:00- Helping brother leave Hungary, World War, 1939-1945
00:17:00- Effect of war on business
00:17:40- Day the war started
00:18:00- Opinions on Democratic convention and Reverend Jesse Jackson
00:19:37- Opinions on Frederick Douglas Roosevelt
00:21:48- Black market, World War, 1939-1945
00:26:52- Electrical contracts
00:29:40-Memories of the Nineteen Twenties
00:32:24- Learning English in America
00:37:11- First car
00:43:00- Wife's family
00:47:45-Birth of sons, 1936 and 1938
00:51:47- Sons’ education
Tape 5 of 7.
Subject:
Lazinger, Joel P -- Interviews
Peace Corps (U.S.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements
Peace movements -- Wisconsin
Government, Resistance to -- Wisconsin
Civil disobedience -- Wisconsin -- Madison
Student movements -- Wisconsin -- Madison
Colombia -- History
Madison (Wis.)
Description:
A typed transcript of the interview with Joel Lazinger, who discusses growing up in a patriotic Jewish family, serving in the Peace Corps in Colombia, and resisting the actions of the United States government in the Vietnam War. He describes anti-war rallies and demonstrations and the Army Math Research Center bombing at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1 sound tape reel (approximately 120 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in. + 1 transcript (80 leaves ; 28 cm) + 2 audiocassettes.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Levenstein, Sally G. -- Interviews
Jews -- Social life and customs
Jewish way of life
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
00:00:39.2 -- Moved to La Crosse, 1943
00:01:57.3 -- Husband's job
00:02:26.2 -- Children
00:03:16.4 -- Sects of the Jewish community in La Crosse
00:04:28.8 -- Traditional Judaism
00:06:15.1 -- Building of new Synagogue, 1948
00:07:15.5 -- Reestablishing the Jewish community after WWII
00:07:32.9 -- Rabbis
00:08:40.6 -- Family involvement in the Synagogue
00:09:23.1 -- Participation in the Jewish community
00:10:53.0 -- Members of the Jewish Women's League
00:11:37.1 -- "Ghetto-izing" the Jewish community
00:12:47.0 -- Training for bar mitzvah
00:13:55.7 -- Jewish burial rituals
00:17:31.6 -- Holocaust and State of Israel affecting American Jewish communities
00:19:34.7 -- Kosher traditions
00:21:14.0 -- Relocating families from Germany
00:24:52.8 -- Jewish holidays
00:25:35.3 -- Jewish communities in Milwaukee
00:27:29.8 -- Place of the Levenstein family in the Jewish community
00:30:01.9 -- Jewish community relations with the La Crosse community
00:33:05.9 -- Involvement in the education system
00:35:53.5 -- Jewish congregation in 1960s
00:38:51.4 -- Jewish store ownership in La Crosse
00:42:24.6 -- Expansion of UW La Crosse and Jewish community participation at the college
00:44:30.7 -- Ethnic diversity in the 1940s
00:46:50.5 -- Impressions of La Crosse after living in Milwaukee