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Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Caroline Geisberg Funkenstein and Louis Funkenstein
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Caroline Geisberg Funkenstein and Louis Funkenstein Louis Funkenstein of Athens, Georgia, married Caroline Geisberg, a native of Anderson, South Carolina, and the couple settled in Caroline’s hometown where Louis established a paper box company. The Funkensteins describe their family histories and discuss a variety of topics including religious practices and Jewish-gentile relations in Anderson.
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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Raymond Rosenblum, Caroline Rosenblum, and Irvin
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Raymond Rosenblum, Caroline Rosenblum, and Irvin Rosenblum Caroline, Irvin, and Raymond Rosenblum reminisce about growing-up in Anderson, South Carolina, recalling their older siblings, relatives, neighbors, and Jewish religious observance. Their parents, Nathan and Freida Rosenblum, Polish immigrants, lived in several small South Carolina towns and Miami, Florida, before settling in Anderson in 1933. Caroline recounts her work history, and Irvin describes his eleven months in the navy at the end of World War II. Raymond served in the Naval Reserves while he attended medical school. Under the Berry Plan, his active duty was deferred until he completed his residency in urology.
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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Barry Draisen and Ellen Cherkas Draisen
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Barry Draisen and Ellen Cherkas Draisen Barry Draisen was raised in post-World War II Anderson, South Carolina, where his parents owned a jewelry and music store. After working in several states as an engineer for General Electric, he returned to his hometown with his wife, Ellen Cherkas of Atlanta, to help run the family business. The couple decided to remain in Anderson where they took over the store, raised their children, and became active members and leaders of Temple B’nai Israel.
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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with David Draisen and Samuel Draisen
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with David Draisen and Samuel Draisen Brothers David and Sam Draisen, descendants of Russian immigrants from the Draisen and Poliakoff families, describe the family jewelry and music businesses and their experiences growing up in Anderson, South Carolina, in the years after World War II. They also discuss the history of Andersons Jewish congregation, Bnai Israel, and provide details about their careers and immediate families.
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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Judith Draisen Glassman and Bernice Draisen Goldman
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Judith Draisen Glassman and Bernice Draisen Goldman Judith Glassman and Bernice Goldman, daughters of Hyman and Eunice Poliakoff Draisen, share memories of growing up in the 1950s in Anderson, South Carolina. Among the topics they discuss are the familys music business, their religious training, and the anti-Semitism they encountered. They also describe their careers and immediate families.