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Jewish Experience of Bangor, Me.

Identifier: MF202

Scope and Contents

Norman Minsky, Leonard Minsky, and Jordan Alpert discuss the Alpert-Cohen and Epstein families and their experiences being Jewish in and before moving to Bangor, Me.


  • Creation: 2017

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Norman Minsky, Leonard Minsky, and Jordan Alpert, interviewed by Elizabeth Stevens, September 27 and October 4, 2017, South Stevens Hall, UMaine, Orono. Also present Debby Alpert and Katrina Wynn (to assist). The Minsky brothers and Alpert talk about their family backgrounds; the old country, leaving and moving to America; moving to Bangor; their jobs primarily as peddlers in the beginning then store owners and finally professionals like lawyers and doctors; anti-Semitism. Many stories of family members and community members. Specifically focused on the Alpert-Cohen and Epstein families.
Text: 11 pp. index, 6 pp. release forms
Recording: mfc_mf202_audio001, mfc_mf202_audio002 199 minutes

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Indexes are the archivist's best effort to capture the audio, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Collection note

This project was done at the behest of Norman Minsky by Elizabeth Stevens at Bangor Public Library. Katrina Wynn was involved to assist as Stevens wanted support both for conducting the interviews and archiving them.

Guide to Jewish Community of Bangor, Me. Collection
In Progress
Katrina Wynn
June 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States