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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Collection processed by Amy Lau, Mary Mann, Aliki Caloyeras, and Margaret Fraser

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Oral History Interview with Solomon Brodsky, August 6, 1987

Biographical / Historical

Solomon Brodsky (ca. 1905- ) grew up in Brooklyn. After eight years at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, he worked for US Customs until he retired in 1977.

Scope and Contents

During the interview, Solomon Brodksy (ca. 1905- ) recalls his work as a packer in the supply depot at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He was called to service but was given 4F status due to an earlier operation. During his interview, he recalls working long hours, seven days a week, even on Jewish holidays. Brodsky also remembers the launch of the USS Missouri, boxing matches during lunch and the presence of Marine guards for security. He describes the items he packed, including automobiles, the equal treatment of men and women workers and his wages. Interview conducted by Benjamin Filene.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Names

  • Brodsky, Solomon

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Missouri (Battleship : BB 63)

Subject Topics

  • Ethnicity
  • Friendship
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Local transit -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religion
  • Security systems
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Transportation
  • Wages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Judaism
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Shipbuilding -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women -x Employment -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Sands Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration