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Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Ben Brochin
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ben Brochin was born in Minneapolis on Sept. 2, 1909, to Solomon Brochin (1878-1958) and Anna Levinson Brochin (1883-1947), who came to Minneapolis from Lithuania in 1906. Solomon Brochin ran a grocery store (later a delicatessen) in North Minneapolis. Ben Brochin began work in his father's store as a child and later took over the business. Brochin's Delicatessen had four locations and finally closed in 1967. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The North Minneapolis Jewish neighborhood; Brochin's store, with a vivid description of its contents; his father, an ardent Zionist, grocer, and agent for a steamship company that brought immigrants to the United States; boyhood work in the store, including selling newspapers; amateur boxing as a source of income for young men; celebrating the end of World War I at the Glass Block in Minneapolis; his father's practice of staking new immigrants to food on credit at his store; the Talmud Torah picnic at Longfellow Gardens and Zoo; and the Emanuel Cohen Center. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: The MHS photo collection includes a photo of Solomon Brochin in his store.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
16 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:26:06 running time
Creation Narrator: Brochin, Ben
Interviewer: Lewin, Rhoda Greene
Made in Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Jews
Made in Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/1979
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 131
Accession Number AV1980.189
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project'