The Yidishe Gauchos is a story of immigration and survival in a new world. It is a little known story of Jews escaping from Eastern Europe to the pampas of Argentina. At the end of the 19th century millions of Jews fled from persecution and Russian pogroms. Some dreamed of Palestine. Others came to the U.S. and became tailors and peddlers. In Argentina, with the help of the Jewish Colonization Association, thousands became ranchers and farmers. This meeting of Jew and Argentine cowboy created the Jewish Gaucho.
The program includes oral histories, rare archival footage (some never before publicly screened) and comments from Dr. Judith Laikin Elkin, President Latin American Jewish Studies Association and Dr. Haim Avni, Hebrew University Jerusalem).
English and Spanish language versions available.
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