Sandra McGee Deutsch
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Active in Communist party for 60 years. Translator of Yiddish and English. Teacher in Jewish progressive schools. Also taught classes in English and Yiddish.
Summary of Interview
Parents from the Ukraine. She was born in Argentina in 1922. Lived much of her life in Rosarió. Though her father was of a good economic position, she imbibed communism from her Yiddish teacher. The Spanish Civil War also awoke her desire for social change. She entered the Communist party in 1940. She had been active in the Comisión de Ayuda a la Unión Soviética y Países Aliados and previously in Organización Popular contra el Racismo y Antisemitismo. She was also involved in solidarity work for political prisoners including her own husband.She her self was jailed twice. Her other activities were mainly cultural-ICUF, writing, translating. She studied Yiddish and English and eventually finished the profesorado in English in 1970. She her self did not experience much antisemitism, although she was always active in antiracist causes. For her, Judaism and Communism were one; there was no contradiction between them.
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
1 hour and 45 minutes
Interview with Mina Fridman by Sandra McGee Deutsch, 2000, "Interview no. 951," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.