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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

Brooklyn Historical Society
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Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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 Revised by Maggie Schreiner Revised by Amy Lau  , June 2019 , March 2021

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Natalie Chassler, 2013 August 29; 2014 January 14

Biographical note

Natalie Chassler was born to white American Jewish parents and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Chassler attended Hunter College and the New York School of Social Work, both located in New York City. She was employed as a social worker and director of the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.

Scope and Contents

In the interviews, Chassler discusses her childhood in the East Flatbush and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn during the Great Depression; courtship and marriage to her husband; adult friendships; and personal and professional relationships with people who suffer from mental illness. Interviews conducted by Charis Shafer.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Slavery -- United States
  • Great Depression -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Psychiatric Hospitals -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Jews, American -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Social workers -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • East Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)