Hasia R. Diner

Across the Divide: Harris, left, and Blanck pose with workers at one of their garment factories

The Jewish Bosses Were Exploiters — and Role Models

The circumstances surrounding the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the conflagration of 1911 that figures so prominently in shared narratives of American women’s history, labor history and Jewish history, forces us to acknowledge a “dirty little secret” that tends to get glossed over in the retelling of the history of that event.