The Immigrants Children, Jewish & Italian Memories of Old South Portland Polina Olsen

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Published: 2006

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The Immigrants Children, Jewish & Italian Memories of Old South Portland  by  Polina Olsen

The Immigrants Children, Jewish & Italian Memories of Old South Portland by Polina Olsen
2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 122 pages | ISBN: | 10.26 Mb

In the early 1900s, Jewish and Italian immigrants settled in South Portland. It was a self-contained community that replicated the societies they left behind in Europe. This oral history captures daily life through the words of the immigrants’ children.First Avenue in Portland was like Delancy Street in New York City. There were butchers and little grocery stores, Mosler’s Bakery and Dr. Wolfe’s barbershop. In those days not only did the barber cut hair and do shaves but if you had a problem he’d put leeches on.

Jerry SternWhen Dad came to America in 1907, he had three objectives-- learn to read, become a citizen, and vote. It was 1935 before he became a citizen, 28 years after he arrived. He did his best though, he was tough. I remember one incident during the Depression when he went down to the commissioner’s court. He jumped over the counter and said, “I don’t want charity, I want a job.” Mike ScorcioGaribaldi Grocery was the old-type store with wooden floors and the smell of Italian foods.

There was romano and provolone cheese, salami, dried codfish, and barrels of green olives in brine. Joe ColasuonnoMy father was a junk peddler. He’d wake up at seven, have mush for breakfast, and harness up his horse and wagon. He’d collect bottles, sacks, copper — things like that. Once in a while he’d find an antique and make a little more money.

Leo Greenstein



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