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Title:
Interview with Milton Holzman, April 10, 2003, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Collection:
Wisconsin Jewish Archives Oral Histories
Organization:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Description:
summary Andy Muchin interviews Milton Holzman on April 10, 2003 in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Mr. Holzman discusses how his father came to the United States, his father's produce store, and the resorts in northern Wisconsin. He also talks about growing up in Minocqua, antisemitism, and his college experience.
Identifier:
accession number WSA0157
Format:
audio
Description:
summary Andy Muchin interviews Milton Holzman on April 10, 2003 in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Mr. Holzman discusses how his father came to the United States, his father's produce store, and the resorts in northern Wisconsin. He also talks about growing up in Minocqua, antisemitism, and his college experience.
Language:
English
Date:
created 2003-04-10
Agent:
Interviewee Milton Holzman
Interviewer Andy Muchin
Rights Statement:
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Publisher:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Duration:
00:45:20
Source Metadata URI:
00051447
Type:
Sound
Partial Transcript: Milton's father was from either Russia or Poland and he initially went to South America, because the U.S. government had a quota on how many Jews they would allow in. He had to dress as a woman to escape Russia. He was in his early twenties when he left Russia and spent a year in South America. He then came to Milwaukee and eventually moved to northern Wisconsin, where he sold produce.
Partial Transcript: The produce store that Milton's father owned was called the Minocqua Fruit Company. Milton also discusses his mother's family.
Partial Transcript: Milton's uncle married his mother's sister and that is how his parents met.
Partial Transcript: Milton's uncle came to the United states four or five years before Milton's father. His uncle worked for some resorts in northern Wisconsin that were popular summer vacation spots for Jews.
Partial Transcript: People would often spend extended periods of time at these resorts in northern Wisconsin. The food was good and people had the option of staying in a cottage or a hotel room.
Partial Transcript: Milton's father worked for his brother's store in northern Wisconsin for a few years and then decided to move and open his own store in Minocqua. There was a cigar factory behind the family store. The store sold produce to the resorts and merchandise to ccc camps.
Partial Transcript: Milton was born in 1931 and he has a sister who is four years older. He started working at his father's store when he was seven or eight.
Partial Transcript: The Holzman's were the only Jews who lived permanently in Minocqua, but there were many Jews in Wausau, Rhinelander, and Stevens Point. The family would go to Stevens Point to celebrate high holidays.
Partial Transcript: In many small towns, Jews often owned clothing, dry goods, or general stores.
Partial Transcript: The Holzmans went to the Stevens Point synagogue to celebrate the high holidays. The synagogue was very small.The family would stay in a hotel when visiting Stevens Point. The services were in Yiddish and the men and women sat separately. People from towns like Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids also went to the Stevens Point synagogue to celebrate the high holidays.
Partial Transcript: Milton's parents usually spoke English with their Jewish friends. His father spoke Russian, Polish, Spanish, English, Yiddish, German and Hebrew from traveling and living throughout the world.
Partial Transcript: Milton's father read a Jewish newspaper everyday. They often ate Jewish food, but the family did not keep kosher.
Partial Transcript: Milton's mother also worked in the store, which would open at 6 a.m. The family lived right above the store in one of the first brick buildings in Minocqua.
Partial Transcript: Milton's father was a member of B'nai B'rith and his mother was active in Eastern Star.
Partial Transcript: It was difficult being the only Jewish kid growing up because of World War I. Milton tells a story about beating up a kid in high school. The family had to put up with a lot of antisemitic comments.
Partial Transcript: Milton's father was apart of the Lions Club and he had many well known customers.
Partial Transcript: Milton went to Jewish camp during the summer. He had his bar mitzvah when he was thirteen in Stevens Point.
Partial Transcript: Milton's parents wanted him to marry a Jewish girl.
Partial Transcript: Milton and many of his classmates left Minocqua.
Partial Transcript: Milton's family was never into hunting, but they would go fishing.
Partial Transcript: Milton joined a Jewish fraternity at UW-Madison. He attended UW-Madison for two years, then went to Milton college for a year, and finally finished his degree at Marquette.
Partial Transcript: During college, Milton worked at his parents store in the summer. Milton's three children also worked at various stores in northern Wisconsin on their summer breaks.
Partial Transcript: Milton has three children: Sarah, Peter, and Lewis.
Partial Transcript: Milton's father never talked about life back in Russia. His parents were happy in Minocqua.
Partial Transcript: Milton would have enjoyed growing up in Minocqua more if there had been a larger Jewish population.
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