Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Sura Wolff Wengrow

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Sura Wolff Wengrow
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Wengrow, Sura Wollf
Sura Wolff Wengrow grew up in Allendale, South Carolina, in the first quarter of the twentieth century where her father, Henry Wolff, a German immigrant, ran a general merchandise store. In 1901, Henry married Rachel Pearlstine of Branchville, South Carolina. The family kept kosher and observed the holidays, but Sura did not receive a Jewish education, formal or otherwise. With no other Jewish families in town, she socialized, as a child, with gentiles and attended their church events, a pattern of assimilation she would repeat while living in Allendale during the early years of her marriage to Sam Wengrow of Beaufort, South Carolina. Longing for a connection to Judaism, and wanting her children to be involved in synagogue life, the Wengrows moved to Columbia when their oldest son was twelve. Note: This transcript appears to have been heavily edited with corrections, deletions, and additions by the interviewee and/or her son during proofing. Therefore, the transcript differs somewhat from the audio.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Wengrow, Sura Wolff, -- Interviews, Pearlstine, Fannie, 1879-1968, Pearlstine, Thomas L, Wolff, Henry, 1849-1914, Wolff, Rachel Pearlstine, d. 1936, Wengrow, Sam, 1903-1970
Topical Subject:
Jews -- South Carolina –- Interviews, Jewish families -- South Carolina -- Allendale -- History, Jewish families -- South Carolina -- Allendale -- Social life and customs, Jewish merchants -- South Carolina -- Allendale -- History, Jews -- South Carolina -- Social life and customs, Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- South Carolina – History
Geographic Subject:
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-212
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
application/pdf, audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2011, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.