Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Lillian Besler Cohn
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Lillian Besler Cohn was born in Minneapolis in 1895 of immigrant parents (from Niomsk, Romania). Her father had been a miller. In this country he worked on a farm in New York and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. In Minneapolis he worked as a miller with Pillsbury Mills but became ill. After recovering he was self-employed with various occupations, including making and selling grits, running a secondhand-tool store, locksmithing and making and selling umbrellas. Lillian Besler married Louis Cohn in 1917 and has one son, Victor. She has been active in study groups, Democratic Farmer Labor Party politics and the Soviet Jewry Action Committee. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Charitable organizations in the early Jewish community; her father's hard work and hard times; her lack of education (she quit school so that her brothers could be educated); social life in the Jewish community; anti-Semitism; and prominent citizens in the Jewish community.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
15 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:58:35 running time
Creation Interviewee: Cohn, Lillian Besler
Interviewer: Lewin, Rhoda Greene
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Jews -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 02/25/1976
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 131
Accession Number AV1979.142.2
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project'

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