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Anti-semitism in Bronx 1950s-60s-early 70s


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Posted by Raanan G on Monday, December 30th 2019:

With all the anti-Semitic incidents recently in Jersey City, Crown Heights, Monsey, NY, etc., I must say that there was very little anti-Semitism in the Bronx when I was growing up. The kids in my neighborhood were Jewish, Irish, Italian, Puerto Rican, Black and one or two Greeks and Chinese, and there was very little problem or name-calling. The fights were between different areas (like a snowball fight I took part in between two nearby developments) NOT between different ethnic-racial groups. While people, especially the older generation, may have grumbled about other ethnic groups within their own homes, it almost never escalated into violence or even into verbal exchanges outside the home. Things were probably different during the pre-WWII "Father Coughlin" era, when you had groups like the Christian Mobilizers and the German-American Bund harassing Jews, but that was way, way before my time.

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