Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Moving to Detroit

And in 1964, you and your family decided to move to Detroit?

No, no. I moved myself. I got a divorce in 1965. She drive me crazy. She was in Italy. The minute she came back after a trip she cry again. She don't feel good here, that's the...And I was easygoing, I had the money, I said, here, here's $1,000 for you to buy a ticket. I gave her $1,000 to go.

So did she go back to Italy after the divorce? Or she stayed here.

No, she got a brother in, in Connecticut. She lives in Connecticut.

But you moved to Detroit to do what?

I come here, nothing hold me, you know. Somebody gave me a note for here something, business office. A business office, you know, wholesale, to come with them, you know. You see, they need a man like me that know their business, you know. So they give me a good proposition, I stayed. In 1971, I bought this business on Highland Park. You know Highland Park here?


Right on Woodward. You know where the manufacturing bank is, in Highland Park? Near the old fort, Manchester. Next to the manufacturer's bank, I had a big building there. Called Capital Apartment, cut-rate apartment. Big windows. The people, two Jewish people for fifty years, you know.

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