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Catalog Number 2005.042.0001
Object Name Tape, Cassette
Scope & Content Steve Williams interviews the Yanklowitz Family including husband, wife, and son Ben. They were interviewed at their home in Cohoes, NY. The Yanklowitz's parents immigrated to New York City and then Granville, NY in the late 19th century/ early 20th century. They moved to Glens Falls, NY when Ben was eleven years old, about 1952.

They discuss how they celebrated the Sabbath and Jewish holidays while living in Granville. He worked in the cattle business with his father. They had a farm where they raised Kosher meat. They were cattle transporters. They kept the Torah scrolls in their house on Church Street in Granville. They kept Kosher but had to get their Kosher meat from Albany. Jewish visitors to Granville went to their house for Sabbath services.

The business was across from the Methodist Church. The husband's brother, Sam, had a butcher shop next door to them. The family was put out of business because of a lumber accident. They moved to Glens Falls and got regular jobs. The husband got a job at his brother in law's meat market. (non-Kosher). There was a slaughterhouse in East Glens Falls.

They could not remember a synagogue or Jews in Poultney, VT. Jewish people in Granville always had to go to Glens Falls for Jewish education. There was some antisemitism in Granville but it was ignored. It was never physical, always verbal.

The husband's sisters got married young to men in Glens Falls. Ben remembered a small building in Granville across from the school where there were sometimes Jewish services, especially holidays. Mentions Catholic Lithuanian in Granville--maybe on Quaker Street. Husband is a Lithuanian--Litvaks (sp?). No relatives left in Granville. The wife mentions that one of their nieces, Arlene, never came back to Granville after going to college. At that house, they always played music. One of the relatives was very talented at music but his parents would not allow him to pursue a career in music. Older generation believed that education was not important because they did not need it for the practical jobs available at the time.

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Creator Williams, Stephen T.
Title Yanklowitz, Oral History