The Generations of Moises Ville
After the arrival of the new groups in
Moises Ville, Cociovich’s one, Bublik’s and the one from Rumania, 1900-1902, a
conflict arose between the colonization company Jewish Colonization Association and
several colonists. For some time opposition had been developing against some of the
clauses in the contracts signed with the JCA, as concerns to the annuities and their
amount, and as to the terms of payment due to purchase of the lands. Droughts,
floods and locust scourges created almost annually havocs and of the little that
remain it was not enough to repay the debt.
The problem become worst in 1906, and some colonists decided to organize Moises Ville's "exodus". A special delegation investigated several destinations like Baradero (Buenos Aires province) and San Luis province, and finally they negotiated an arrangement with the landowner of Médanos, Mr. Stroeder, through the former administrator of the JCA in Moises Ville, Miguel Cohen. There are historians that mention forty colonists taking part in the movement. Other sources mention something more like twenty, maybe a more real estimation. The moving took place in that year of 1906, which is registered as the beginning of the Jewish colonization of Médanos, Buenos Aires province, near Bahía Blanca, although according to other sources there was already a Jewish population in that place previously. The moisesviller’s settled there with several colonists families came from Entre Rios province.
From a comparison of the list of colonists that we have registered as arriving in Moises Ville until 1902, and those that settled in Médanos according to memories of natives of the colony, we can identify Bernardo Radovitzky and Marcos Berstein whose families are included in this work. We have also identify Moises Elman, Salomón Sheinis, Leib Teplitz, Zalman Tujsnaider, Abraham Volpin and Prischuk, Berkovich, Rinland, Pomerantz and Abramchik families although we know a bit about their descendant up to now, nor the names of the other colonists of Médanos that arrived from Moises Ville. This publication maybe helps us to get information about both groups. The curiosity is not gratuitous: they all surely left family in Moises Ville, and in consequence they are a part of this investigation.