Interview with Sandra Feldman

The issue of anti-semitism, how important was that in terms of what was going on in Ocean Hill-Brownsville in terms of the divisions? Was it central to something you felt?


I didn't feel that, that the issue of anti-semitism which became an important issue citywide was really a major issue in the, ah, in what was happening in that conflict itself, although, it did, ah, there were things that happened that led teachers to feel that, that they were being, ah, treated in an anti-Semitic manner. For example the fact that teachers who were charged, ah, were mixed up in terms of who they were, teachers with the same name. One teacher was charged who was not even in the school that he was supposedly being charged in. And you know, there, there were feelings, they were both, they were both, had the same name and it was a Jewish name. So that there were some of those overtones, but I think that the basic, you know, what happened out in Brownsville on the street and on the picket lines, ah, was the, ah, the overlay of citywide bitterness, and the racial divisions including the anti-semitism, you know, became palpable in the air way beyond the, the control or the feelings of the people there. It got bigger than they were.