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Moving to the Golden Ghetto


Anti-Semitism in the USA
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Then the war came.

I want to mention one thing about anti-Semitism, because that's something that Jews in this time have pretty much forgotten about. There was a lot of anti-Semitism in the United States when I was growing up. There was a priest called Father Coughlin who, on the radio every week, preached anti-Semitic sermons. It was pretty scary. It didn't mean much to me, but it was disturbing, certainly. But I do remember that once we wanted to go on a little weekend trip to the Finger Lakes near Rochester. My father went in first, and he said he didn't want to hide the fact he was Jewish, so he told the proprietor that he was a rabbi and so on. The proprietor said, 'Well, we don't take Jews here'. My father came out, he was ashen. We drove back to Rochester and that was the end of our trip. Of course, now that kind of thing is inconceivable, at least in this country.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Rochester, Finger Lakes, Fr Coughlin, Charles Coughlin

Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 17 August 2011