Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Lillie Goldstein Lubin

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Lillie Goldstein Lubin
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Lubin, Lillie Goldstein, 1923-
Lillie Goldstein Lubin grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1920s and ’30s. Her parents, Abraham and Bessie Lazerovsky Goldstein, emigrants from Russia and Lithuania, ran a shoe shop in Charleston that evolved into a men’s clothing store. As a youngster, Lillie’s singing talent was recognized by her mother and teachers. She began taking voice lessons when she was nine and performed at a number of local venues as a child and teenager, notably, singing with the Charleston Oratorio Society in a performance of Haydn’s Creation. Lillie, whose stage name as a professional opera singer in New York was Lisa Lubin, discusses her early training and the artists who influenced her most. During her singing career, she performed in several languages, including Yiddish and German. She describes Charleston’s Jewish community in the years before World War II as “unique” because of the “camaraderie” and the “kinship” that she felt. Lillie recalls her mother’s visits to the mikveh, attending Rabbi Axelman’s Hebrew school, going to Folly Beach to listen to bands, and the black Charlestonians who worked for the family, both in their home and at their store. She married Herman Lubin of New York, whom she met in Charleston while he was working at the navy yard as an engineer. During the course of the interview, Lillie sings a few lines from some of her favorite songs.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Lubin, Lillie Goldstein, 1923- -- Interviews
Topical Subject:
Jews -- South Carolina –- Interviews, Jews -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History, Jews -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Social life and customs, Jewish merchants -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History, Jewish religious education -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History, Singers -- South Carolina -- Charleston –- History, Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.), Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.), Jews -- Immigrants -- United States -- History
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Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-185
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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Digital resource copyright 2011, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.