Interview SummaryJohn Rosenberg discusses what it was like to be Jewish during World War II in Holland. He discusses the hard adjustment to American life. He shares what his parents had to do in order to survive. Rosenberg discusses how he joined the air force. After serving, it inspired and paid for him to go to law school in order to join the civil rights movement. He talks about his focus on civil rights law cases before beginning to focus on coal and other environmental issues in the Appalachian region. Rosenberg discusses why he decided to stay in the mountains. He describes what he calls the "mountain people's rights" and securing funding for the future of mountain people's civil rights. He discusses the various issues affecting the locals at this time and gives details on how they are being addressed. He shares a success story from Pike County, Kentucky. He talks about the Bar Association's hesitance regarding some of his work in Appalachia. He discusses the Legal Services Corporation, whose mission is to provide legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford legal counsel.
Interview KeywordAppalachian life Appalachian People Appalachian Region World War, 1939-1945 Jews--Identity. Emigration and immigration. Immigrants Jewish children Jewish families. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Childhood Pike County (Ky.) Education, Higher Military life. United States. Army Air Forces Legal Services Corporation Legal aid
Interview LC SubjectAppalachian Region Rosenberg, John Rosenberg, John--Interviews Appalachian Region--Social conditions Coal mines and mining--Kentucky Environmental protection Environmental protection--Kentucky Environmentalism. Kentucky--Social conditions Protest movements Social movements. African Americans--Civil rights African Americans--Segregation African Americans--Social conditions. Civil rights movements--United States Race discrimination. United States--Race relations. Civil rights--Law and legislation Lawyers Environmental law.
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Rosenberg, John Interview by Margaret Brown. 09 Jun. 1992. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Rosenberg, J. (1992, June 09). Interview by M. Brown. Appalachia: General Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Rosenberg, John, interview by Margaret Brown. June 09, 1992, Appalachia: General Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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