Previous | Next
1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738 of 592
is very different. First of all, it's much poorer. Even though
Williamsburg is not a mecca, it probably is considered much nicer than
the East Side at that time. It's much poorer and more of the basic
workers in the garment industry are there, crowded up and huddled
up, and the Irving Howe stuff is all there; the socialist movement
culture and everything is there. That's the fight that's going on
Because my grandfather, in his experiences, you know, was
carrying a box for Meyer London to stand on.
I remember the name Meyer London. I remember them from
that period, but I remember my parents mentioning Meyer London,
but I didn't know -- he was a socialist, he was a good man, a good
man, because those people were good men. That's all, they weren't
because they were socialists; they were good men.
That was the view that your parents had?
I'm sure I must have heard it somewhere.
He was Jewish and he was for the workers, and therefore, he was
a good person.
He was a good man, that's right. He was for people, for poor
Did you have any, from your family, sense of unions?
Not really, no. No, no. No, I don't. I'm trying to think,
because first of all, I had uncles who lived all fairly close. I forgot to
tell you my father, at night, after coming home later, would wash up,
sit down and eat by himself, and then go off to visit his father, who
lived a block and a half away and where all the sons would sit down
and while my grandmother would bring tea, and my grandfather -- I
remember because I used to go to him for lessons also -- sat and
smoked a Murad and was writing letters to Bintele Brief and nobody
talked. Occasionally he'd say something. He was like the patriarch,
would sit there, and they all sat there. They would exchange views
with each other a little bit. Then they picked up, and they came home
and they went to sleep.
They wrote letters to the Bintele Brief?
My grandfather did. He pictured himself as a great
intellectual. He was not. He was not. He used to always be writing.
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help