- Barnett Mazursky and his two sisters were raised in Barnwell, South Carolina, by Herman Mazursky, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Louise Vaughan Mazursky, a Southern Baptist from Fredericks Hall, Virginia. Herman and Louise met while she was teaching in Barnwell. When they were married in 1945 by an Orthodox rabbi, Louise signed an agreement to raise their children in the Jewish faith. The Mazurskys were members of the Reform temple Children of Israel in Augusta, Georgia. Barnett, who was confirmed at the temple, recalls celebrating both Jewish and Christian holidays and attending church services with his mother. He describes the difficulties he encountered in having a Jewish father and a Christian mother; he felt he was not fully accepted by some adherents of either group. Herman, a partner in the firm Brown, Jefferies, & Mazursky, practiced law and served as Barnwell’s mayor from 1938 to 1970. Louise taught high school and college English for nearly thirty years. The interviewee reviews his family history on both sides, and discusses his parents’ views and practices in regard to race relations and school integration during the Civil Rights era.
- Rock Hill, South Carolina residents Edward Aberman, Mary Ann Pearlstine Aberman, Jack Leader, Harriet Marshall Goode, and Martin Goode discuss local Jewish history, marrying outside one’s faith, and racial discrimination and interracial relations in Rock Hill. Edward, a native born in 1932, describes growing up in Rock Hill, and recalls Jewish family names such as Breen, Friedheim, and Kurtz. His father, Sol Aberman, was a musician who, in his youth, played in nightclubs and circuses around the country. After settling in Rock Hill and opening a scrap metal business, Sol supported the musical ambitions of local children and played with the Hejaz Shrine Temple band. Besides being the leader of the small Jewish community of anywhere from six to fourteen families, Sol worked hard for various civic and charitable organizations. Born in 1946, Jack Leader also grew up in Rock Hill. His parents followed brother-in-law Harry Cohen to Shelby, North Carolina. Harry helped all his siblings get off the ground with their own businesses in the Carolinas. Jack’s parents moved to Rock Hill and opened Melville’s, later named Leader’s, which sold ladies’ and children’s clothing. Jack discusses his Jewish education and his family’s religious practices, and recalls that when he was growing up, there was an active Hadassah organization in Rock Hill. Harriet Goode, born in 1937 and raised as a Presbyterian in Rock Hill, was about eight years old when she found out her paternal grandmother, Fanny Friedheim Marshall, was Jewish. Harriet’s great-grandfather and his brothers emigrated from Germany to Baltimore and, ultimately, wound up in Rock Hill, where they opened Friedheim’s Department Store. As a child, Harriet had both Christian and Jewish friends and was not aware of any discrimination towards Jews in her hometown. Mary Ann Aberman came to Rock Hill in 1955 as a newlywed and describes the “culture shock” of moving from the larger city of Charleston, South Carolina, to Rock Hill. Martin Goode, who was raised as a Methodist in Covington, Georgia, and came to Rock Hill after college, talks about his view of Jewish people in general. Note: See also Edward and Mary Ann Aberman’s interviews (Mss. 1035-221 and 222), and an interview with Rock Hill native Sophia Marie Friedheim Beers (Mss. 1035-220).