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Southern Jewish Roots: Charlotte Heritage Tour

Understanding our past. Celebrating our present. Visioning our future.

In their own voices... messages from our pioneering and prominent Jewish Charlotteans.

Voices of our Past

Courtesy of the Charlotte Jewish Historical Society in conjunction with the J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collection

Herman Blumenthal oral history interview, 1989 February 2

Long-time Charlotte resident and civic activist Herman Blumenthal discusses the Jewish experience in Charlotte beginning upon his arrival in the 1930s.
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Arthur Goodman Jr. oral history interview, 1990 April 22

Longtime Charlotte resident Arthur Goodman Jr. recalls his memories of life as a member of the city's Jewish community during the twentieth century.
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Hilbert E. Fuerstman oral history interview, 1989 February 26

Hilbert Fuerstman describes his early life in New Jersey, joining the army, and his move to Charlotte.
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Blanche Jaffa and Ben Jaffa Jr. oral history interview, 1990 April 22

Blanche Jaffa and her son, Ben Jaffa, Jr., discuss their experiences as members of Charlotte's Jewish community beginning in the 1920s.
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Gladys Kahn Lavitan oral history interview, 1990 April 22

Longtime Charlotte resident Gladys Kahn Lavitan discusses the Jewish experience in the 1930s and 1940s.
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Marshall and Jeanne Rauch oral history interview, 1995 March 5

Jeanne and Senator Marshall Rauch discuss the Jewish experience in small-town Piedmont North Carolina
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Albert S. "Al" Rousso oral history interview, 1989 February 26

Former City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Al Rousso talks about his experience in Charlotte's Jewish community.
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