“Reuniting Families and Recruiting Workers: The Industrial Removal Office in Madison, 1900-1920”
Professor Jonathan Pollack
Nakoma salad, dinner rolls & mini muffins
Choice of entrée: Baked Cod with Toasted Spinach-Lemon Butter Sauce orVegetable Phyllo topped with marinara and crème fraiche, roasted red potatoes, French beans and baby carrots
Dessert: Turtle sundae
Many members of Madison’s Jewish community have come here to take a particular job. Others followed family members who did the same. In an earlier era, people came from Russia to Madison when earlier-arriving relatives sent money home and paid for their passage. But in the early 20th century, the Industrial Removal Office (IRO) sent people from New York to Madison, reuniting families who lacked money for train fare, and matching Russian Jews with job opportunities in Wisconsin’s capital city.
This talk will describe the IRO’s growth and decline nationally and in the Madison area, as well as the experiences of Jewish Madisonians who worked with this short-lived social-service organization.