By: Josef Kusayev and David Azrak
On Wednesday, March 25, twenty students experience the life of a New York immigrant in the 1920's, at the Yeshiva University Museum. We were able to experience the tedious jobs that immigrants had at textile factories, making denim clothing. In a hands-on workshop creating utility aprons, we experienced the labors of an immigrant working in a noisy factory, with a boring and repetitive task.
We happened to be there on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, when 145 workers were killed due to the gross negligence of the factory owner, which only added to the meaning of our visit. Everyone on the trip would like to thank our chaperone Mrs. Idy and also Mrs. Hanon and the Pathfinders Program for giving us an opportunity to connect with New York's and Jewish history.