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No, except that it was a good school and they had
good teachers and we learned.
Do you think you worked hard?
No, but the school had great spirit, and we were very
proud. And to be a student at P.S. 10--we considered it a
privilege. It was like a college. We were proud of our school.
There were a lot of smart kids around there. It was a predominantly
Jewish neighborhood, mostly German Jews. If you've
read Our Crowd, you know that to the German Jew years ago the
Russian Jew was an affront, because it was the influx of hundreds
of thousands of Russian Jews that really caused the
prejudice in this country. The German Jews were quickly assimilated.
And to this day there are certain clubs where
Russian Jews are tacitly excluded. If you read Our Crowd, you
find that to the well-born German Jew, it was the Russian Jew
who caused most of the anti-Semitism here.
Did most of the students at P.S. 10 go on to college?
No, but they went to high school.
P.S. 10 was only through eighth grade?
Eighth grade--through 8-B. That's all there was in
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