Immigrant Oral Histories

Jews in Minnesota Oral History Project

25 INTERVIEWS

DATE: 1967 – 1986

INTERVIEWERS: Rhoda G. Lewin (principal interviewer), Guida Gordon, Mrs. V.R. Gould, Joan Sharp and June Stern. 

In 1972 the Minneapolis Federation of Jewish Service gave the Minnesota Historical Society four oral history interviews that were conducted as a part of a project to document the history of the Jewish community in Minneapolis.

In 1979 Rhoda Lewin donated seventeen interviews she conducted in researching her doctoral dissertation. Lewin later conducted and donated four other interviews. Many of the people interviewed belong to the second wave of Jewish immigrants who arrived after 1880 from Eastern Europe and settled on the North Side of Minneapolis, creating a distinctive Jewish community of eight thousand people by 1900. Others are first-generation Americans who vividly contrast their parents' lives with their own. This collection of memories reveals the growth, change and diversity of the community. 

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 40 hours

TRANSCRIPT: 544 pages

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