Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Abraham Mondry - June 15, 22, 29 & July 13, 1992

Moving Around New York

And from New York you moved to Poughkeepskie?

Middletown, New York.

Middletown. And then Poughkeepskie and New Paltz.

After I got a little established, you know. And I lived after Eleanor, Walden, Walden, New York. Do you know where Walden is?


You know Walden, near Newark.


Newark, New York.

Newark, New York.

Near Newark. Walden. A small, little town. It's right off 17, old 17.

Upstate New York.

Yeah, when you're going upstate. See, what happened, I went to work. I learned something, I didn't have no trade. In my, my home, you had to learn a trade. A tailor, a ??? You'd be an outcast, you know. Our Yiddish ??? something, you know. Tailor, you know. So they, they offered me to going to see this, this friend. He has a big factory in Middletown. I told him, people mostly woman, ninety-nine percent woman. Pocket... Ladies' pocketbook. There I, I'd stay after, I, I run away from the sweatshop the first time, from New York, you know. And he give me a job. Say you build a, you know how to use a sewing machine. I know how to break needle, you see.

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