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Patota Meister <patotameister@...>

Nobody 'fled during the Peron era'. As the lands weren't productive
enough and their location is remote >from the big cities most of the
jews moved to the cities of Santa Fe, Cordoba and Rosario, only a
handful moved to Buenos Aires. Most of the jewish families remained
landowners and today they shared the commodities bonanza with their
The third generation of jews gauchos became college graduates, in
place of horsemen.
The early 'Peron Era' coincided with the zenith of the youth zionist
movement in Argentina too, many young people affiliated to the
Hashomer Hatzair, Dror and the Hanoar Hatzioni, quitted Argentina
between 1945-1948 and founded kibutzim in Israel (I remember,
Nitzanim, Mishmar Hanegev, Mefalsim, Ein Hashlosha, etc).

1. Argentina's Last Jewish Cowboys Baron de Hirsh Colony in Argentina


Subject: Argentina's Last Jewish Cowboys Baron de Hirsh Colony in Argentina
From: "Jan Meisels Allen" <janmallen@...>
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 09:10:37 -0700
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Tablet Magazine has an article on Argentina's Last Jewish Cowboys which you
may find of interest if you had relatives >from Eastern Europe that migrated
there as part of the Baron de Hirsh Jewish Colonization Association in the
19th century. Baron de Hirsch's goal was to provide a safe haven for Russian
Jews who were persecuted by the Russian pogroms. He owned nearly 45,000
acres in Argentina and this was one of several places he purchased farm land
to relocate the Russian Jews. Other places included southern Brazil, Western
Canada prairies, Connecticut and New Jersey in the United States. The
first wave of immigrants arrived in 1889-813 Jews representing 130 families.
Each family was leased a 75-hectare plot and told to work the land. Before
the Jews arrived there were gauchos (cowboys) in the area and they helped
the Jews to work the land-and by the second generation there were Jewish
gauchos. Today there are a handful of Jews left in the area-most Jews fled
during the Peron era to Israel and the United States or the younger
generations moved to Buenos Aires. The article talks about the history,
what is left and the museum. To read the article go to:

Original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President

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