Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Freida Zaglin Kaplan, Jeffrey Zaglin, and Erica Lieberman Zaglin

Read along with the transcript in a new window

Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Freida Zaglin Kaplan, Jeffrey Zaglin, and Erica Lieberman Zaglin
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Rosenblum, Sandra Lee Kahn
Kaplan, Freida Zaglin, 1908-2000, Zaglin, Jeffrey, 1957-, Zaglin, Erica Lieberman, 1958-
Freida Zaglin Kaplan, born in 1908 in Wilmington, North Carolina, is joined in this interview by her nephew and his wife, Jeff and Erica Lieberman Zaglin. Freida's father, Charles Zaglin (Zaglinski), trained as a rabbi in Vilna, Lithuania, before immigrating to the United States around 1907. Soon after he sent for his wife, Evelyn Rose Goldberg, and their son, Sol, and they moved from one southern town to another, wherever Charles could find work as a rabbi, shochet, and mohel. They were a family of six, living in Greenville, South Carolina, when Evelyn died. Charles gave up his position as a rabbi, opened a grocery business, and sent the children to live with their aunts and uncles: Sol and Freida to Massachusetts; Harry (Jeff's father) to Tennessee; and Joseph to North Carolina. They returned home at different times over the next few years. When Freida came back to Greenville at age thirteen, her father had remarried. His second wife, Annie Glickman Zaglin, came to the marriage with four children; she and Charles had four more. Frieda discusses her father's grocery business, which, after World War I, included an abattoir. The Zaglins were members of the Orthodox congregation, Beth Israel, in Greenville. Freida remembers people coming from the surrounding small towns for High Holiday services conducted in the Woodmen of the World hall before the synagogue was built in the early 1930s. She married Nathaniel Kaplan in 1931; she had known him as a child while living with her aunt in New England. The Kaplans lived in Massachusetts for about six years, then moved to Greenville after Charles Zaglin became ill. Freida recalls how she made the sukkahs for Beth Israel, and how the women of the congregation prepared the chickens for the synagogue seders. A member of the chevra kadisha for many years, she describes the process of preparing a body for burial. Jeff discusses how his mother kept a kosher home when he was growing up.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Beth Israel (Greenville, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Greenville--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Greenville--Religious life, Jewish merchants-- South Carolina--Greenville--History
Shelving Locator:
Mss 1035-130
S.C. County:
Greenville County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Freida Zaglin Kaplan, Jeffrey Zaglin, and Erica Lieberman Zaglin, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten and Sandra Lee Kahn Rosenblum, 27 February 1997, Mss 1035-130, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Copyright © College of Charleston Libraries.
Access Information:
For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.