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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
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554582389, 324 pages, August 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.