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I received a question a few days ago about the production of matzos on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s from a man undertaking a very extensive project. His inquiry fueled my interest in his project and so … Read More

By / March 5, 2007

I received a question a few days ago about the production of matzos on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s from a man undertaking a very extensive project. His inquiry fueled my interest in his project and so I did some research and dug up some facts. For more on said man and his mission read below.

How many of our grandparents wrote diaries that were maintained enough to be legible today? I can't imagine too many. Still, sadly enough, far fewer of their progeny would actually embark on the arduous task of transcribing and annotating a diary to be archived for the Web as Matt Unger is in the process of doing for his grandfather.

Unger's grandfather, Harry Scheurman grew up in an Austro-Hungarian ghetto and moved to New York City in his late teens. A committed Zionist, Scheurman was also a Union activist and garment worker in the city. Whether or not you're a U.S. history buff, (and for those who are, the detailed documentation of New York City life pre-Depression era is plenty intriguing), the blog is worth a hit.

Specifically, the blog recounts:

Immigrant life in the 1920's, the rise of radio as a social force, the history of the Jewish labor movement, the history of New York-based Zionist organizations (particularly the Order of the Sons of Zion) Jewish ghetto life in Austro-Hungary (especially Snyatyn) New York baseball in the 1920's, Coney Island of the 1920's, Calvin Coolidge and the 1924 Presidential campaign.

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