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Interview with Harry Luck, May 17, 1976, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Jewish Archives Oral Histories
Wisconsin Historical Society
accession number WSA0122
created 1976-05-17
Interviewee Luck, Harry
Interviewer Gordy, Peter
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Partial Transcript: Name, date (1902), and place of birth, number of brothers and sisters, number of siblings who came to the United States, father's occupation.
Partial Transcript: Size of business, sales volume, Jewish and non-Jewish customers, location of business.
Partial Transcript: Physical description of the town, lack of sanitary amenities, going to the well, Jews in this small town, proportion of Jews to non-Jews, relations between the two groups, segregation of the Jews.
Partial Transcript: Strict observance of the Sabbath, details, going to cheder, kinds of courses given there, language spoken in the home and in the synagogue, HL's continuing ability in Hebrew.
Partial Transcript: Occupations, skill of Jewish truck farmers in Russia, cheap labor.
Partial Transcript: World War I, revolution, civil war, date of HL's arrival in U.S.
Partial Transcript: Age at the time of these events, Kerensky and Bolshevik government, early euphoria and later suffering after revolution, comparison with Tsarist times, Bolsheviks and civil war in family's decision to leave Russia, expropriation and billetting of soldiers, plundering by the rabble.
Partial Transcript: Difficulties in leaving Russia and in getting into United States, Johnson Immigration Act and a long hiatus in England, route of flight.
Partial Transcript: First farming experience and reasons that farming work was possible him in England, duration of stay in England, type of farming and location, language proficiency in English and reasons, date of leaving farm in England and date of coming to U.S.
Partial Transcript: Difference between HL's experience in immigration after imposition of rigid immigration quotas and Jewish settlers at the turn of the century, HL's advantages, brothers in New York and Milwaukee, moving to Milwaukee, first jobs, joining brother in the cattle business.
Partial Transcript: Area of sales, getting started in the cattle business, high hopes, low expectations, and the Depression, date of change to the farming business.
Partial Transcript: Rental of the farm, reasons for going into farming, location of the first farm, moving from Milwaukee to Hartford, good neighbors and learning from them, advantages of a conscious rural background in getting under way.
Partial Transcript: Kinds of machinery used at the outset, crops grown during the Second World War, HL's championship peas.
Partial Transcript: Learning from neighbors, reading farming publications in bed.
Partial Transcript: Young Hebrew student boarder, children's education in Hebrew, going to shul (synagogue) in Milwaukee, impossibility of building a shul in area, the closest Jewish farmer.
Partial Transcript: Size and locations of rented and purchased farms, circumstances of purchase.
Partial Transcript: Better times and expectations of same, after-effects of the Depression, degree of mechanization, effect of the war on mechanization.
Partial Transcript: Lack of antisemitism among neighbors, decency and friendliness of neighbors, willingness of neighbors to work hard together, haying together with neighbors during the Second World War.
Partial Transcript: Degree of interest in Zionism, how this interest was manifested, Hebrew schools.
Partial Transcript: Reasons for lack of partisan. political involvement, names of farm organizations of which HL was member, reason for quitting NFO.
Partial Transcript: Degree of interest in party, Henry Wallace and his small chances for political success, on Wallace's Communist backing, Norman Corwin's visit to HL's farm, his relation to Luck family, Wallace's lack of political success explained.
Partial Transcript: Date of marriage, number and ages of children.
Partial Transcript: HL's lack of recollection about details.
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