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Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Maurice Schanfield
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Maurice Schanfield's father came to Canada from Romania in 1883, landing in Montreal and working on the Canadian Pacific Railroad until reaching Winnipeg; from there the family hitchhiked to Minneapolis. Schanfield was born in 1904 in Minneapolis. His father died in January of 1911, leaving a widow and four small children. Schanfield entered his uncle's insurance business, attended the University of Minnesota, married his wife, Norma, in 1943 and has four daughters. Although refusing to join organizations, he is active in Alcoholics Anonymous. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The early Jewish immigrant neighborhood in south Minneapolis; the Depression; religious training and beliefs; anti-Semitism; education; experiences with card gambling and alcohol addictions; intermarriage and child-rearing; and religious faith and peak experiences. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: His sister Esther Schanfield Rosenbloom was also interviewed for this oral history project.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
20 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:33:12 running time
Creation Narrator: Schanfield, Maurice
Interviewer: Lewin, Rhoda Greene
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Jews
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/13/1977
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 131
Accession Number AV1979.142.13
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project'