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Holocaust Survivors in the Lower East Side

Isak Schachter
Isak Schachter
Isak Schachter

Isak Schachter, 2011

As Epstein Oral History Fellow with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, I interviewed several Holocaust survivors who lived, or still live in the Lower East Side after emigrating to the United States. These oral histories are full of rich stories of how the survivors adjusted to their new homes, as well as how they were received in America.

Here, Isak Schachter remembers his first visit to Central Park.

Created in Affiliation with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 2011.

This interview is excerpted from one of several interviews for this project.

13. September 2011

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Stores of Memory

Paley Brothers Photographers

The Paley Brothers. My Great Grandfather is Nicholas Paley. Mustache, no beard.

Lower East Side Memories

Orchard Street Scene, ~1917

Streits Matzo: Then

Streit's Matzo Factory in the 1950s

Streits Matzo: Then

Streit's Matzo Factory in the 1950s

Streits Matzo: Now

Streit's Matzo Factory in 2011, on Rivington Street

Harris Levy

Harris Levy ancestors, family

Economy Candy

Economy Candy Sign, 2011

One Minute Excerpt

The Streit’s Matzo Factory has been in the New York’s Lower East Side since 1925. The entire matzo process, from flour to boxed cracker, takes less than 18 minutes, and the mixing and baking covers five floors and four tenement buildings on Rivington Street. Listen to an interview with Aaron Gross, the fifth generation of the Matzo making family.

This is an excerpt from an Audio Documentary about the history of Jewish businesses in the Lower East Side. I conducted in depth interviews with Streit’s Matzo, Economy Candy, and Harris Levy Linens.

Created in Affiliation with the upcoming exhibit “Shop Life” at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 2011. This served as my thesis project for my Master’s Degree in Oral History from Columbia University.

Listen

The full one hour audio documentary.

Part 1: History and Memory of the Lower East Side

Part 2: Streit’s Matzo

Part 3: Harris Levy Linens

Part 4: Economy Candy and Conclusion

Credits

Oral History Interviews: Aaron Gross, Alan Adler, Walter Hernandez, Jerry Cohen, Mitchell Cohen, Bill Levy, Lorraine Levy
Historians: Suzanne Wasserman and Hasia Diner
Advisors: Suzanne Wasserman, Ruksana Susswell, David Favaloro

Transcript

The annotated transcript (Columbia Master’s Thesis in Oral History)
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Quote

She was a Jewish lady, and she used to say “Hey, what are you looking for?” and then she’d say “here, come here, come here!” and then she’d go and grab you, she used to grab you by the arm and she used to bring you into the store. And then her husband used to be [inside] the store, and she used to “Look, look!” and she’d show you the t-shirts and everything. I used to love it.
–Walter Hernandez

01. September 2011

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