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I Have a Story to Tell You

Edited by Seemah C. Berson
Subjects Biography & Autobiography, Life Writing, History, Jewish Studies, Social Science, Emigration & Immigration
Series Life Writing Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554582198, 324 pages, August 2010
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554582327, 324 pages, October 2010

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
I Have a Story To Tell You, edited by Seemah C. Berson




Rose Kaplan Barkusky

Rose Gordon

Haskell (Harry) Ullman

Muriel Grad

Fanny (Baba) Osipov

Abe Smith

David Shaya Kirman

Rose Smith

Nina Dolgoy Ullman

Sidney Sarkin

Mr. Shano

Sam Greenberg

Pauline Chudnovsky

Bluma Kogan

Norman Massey

Albert Abramowitz

Lil Abramowitz

Max Dolgoy

James (Jimmy) Blugerman

Samuel Nemetz

Sylvia Grafstein Klein

Molly Klein Goldsman

Rose Esterson

Joshua (Joe) Gershman

Jennie Zelda Litvak

Hyman Leibovitch

Ena Ship

Masha Goldkind

Mary Kevalko

Max Povitz

Art Browner

Bertha Dolgoy Guberman

Max Yellen

Dave Ship

Ben Abrams

Abraham Taylor

Simon Harris




Photographs follow page 112.


I Have a Story to Tell You is about Eastern European Jewish immigrants living in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg in the early twentieth century. The stories encompass their travels and travails on leaving home and their struggles in the sweatshops and factories of the garment industry in Canada. Basing her work on extensive interviews, Seemah Berson recreates these immigrants’ stories about their lives in the Old Country and the hardship of finding work in Canada, and she tells how many of these newcomers ended up in the needle trades. Revealing a fervent sense of socialist ideology acquired in the crucible of the Russian Revolution, the stories tell of the influence of Jewish culture and traditions, of personal–and organized–fights against exploitation, and of struggles to establish unions for better working conditions.

This book is a wonderful resource for teachers of Canadian, Jewish, and social history, as well as auto/biography and cultural studies. The simplicity of the language, transcribed from oral reports, makes this work accessible to anyone who enjoys a good story. /p


``Seemah C. Berson's I Have a Story to Tell You consists of a series of detailed interviews with Jews who fled to Canada from Eastern Europe during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Berson interviewed these immigrants in the mid-1970s, and in this collection, she has kept herself in the background, enabling the interviewees' own stories to emerge virtually on their own. Their accounts are engaging, indeed fascinating, as well as informative. ... Despite some limitations, this collection is very rich. ''

- Ruth A. Frager, Canadian Jewish Studies, 19-19, 2010-2011