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By the way, of people on the post, the only name person I can
remember was Emmanuel Muravchik, the head of the Jewish Labor
Committee. He knew the name Foner. Anyway, but my records were
there. People in the headquarters, they knew who I was.
You didn't have any of this discrimination because you were a so-
called premature anti-Fascist?
No. Only that first job. Because, remember, I was out of sight
of anything. Nothing was happening there. Then an order came down
that all people who had had disks removed were to be discharged from
the Army because the experience was very, very bad, the figures
showed that they would have to have another operation. I was
discharged with a pension. It was 30%. It was then cut to 10%, and I
never complained. I could have kept the 30%. I still get a 10%
disability pension. So I came out and eventually got involved in
[SECTION CLOSED AT MOE FONER'S REQUEST]
So now you're becoming more active in the trade unions.
I'm playing in the band because I don't have a job, I come
back. I don't go back there, there's no job there. I come out of the
Army, and the job I get is through a friend of mine, Hy Wolf, whose
brother is very wealthy and in the woolen business, in the garment
industry. They're making a fortune selling woolen goods, because they
have access to woolens. Hy Wolf was hired by his brother into his own
company, Valerie Maid. I know Hy. Hy's wife, Arlene, was a Hunter
College student, that's where I knew them from. Hy gets me a job in
his shop, and what I'm doing, I'm picking things off hangers and
packing them and shipping them. I'm making like seventeen, twenty
dollars a week, and he's passing money to me on the side, because
they're making money hand and fist. He's giving me five dollars here
and eight dollars there. And we're living in Flushing with my in-laws
after the war. We lived there for about a year, and then we get an
apartment, and then my first child is born.
Then I'm playing in the band on a Lincoln's birthday weekend in
Arrowhead Lodge again.
'45 or '46?
The war is over.
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