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Tybie Flapan: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Flapan, Tybie
Interviewer(s):
Selvidge, Sarah
Title:
Tybie Flapan: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project
Abstract:
Tillie Flapan was born June 4th, 1917. In this interview, she talks about her experiences growing up Jewish in a Jewish neighborhood, life before and after the war, her and her family’s response to concentration camps, and settling down in the Berkeley/Oakland area. She and her first husband met at a dance hall before WWII, and after they married, he was drafted into the Army. She moved in with her grandmother in Boyle Heights and found work as a riveter for Lockheed in California, despite her negative feelings towards the political aspects of the war. She ends the interview commenting on the changes to the Bay Area that came with the rise of the freeway system.
Subject area(s):
Community and Identity
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Interview date(s):
2010
Project:
Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front
Rights:
Flapan, Tybie. "Tybie Flapan: Rosie The Riveter World War II American Home Front Oral History Project." Interview by Sarah Selvidge in 2010. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.