Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with David Alexander Cohen

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with David Alexander Cohen
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–, Robinson, Klyde, 1922–, Want, Sadie Bogoslow, 1916–2011
Interviewee:
Cohen, David A., Jr., 1921-1997
Date:
1995-10-27
Description:
David Alexander Cohen, Jr., born and raised in Darlington, South Carolina, recalls stories of the Hennig and Witcover families while sorting through documents, among them, mortgages, deeds, and bonds acquired by his grandfather, Henry Hennig, a lien merchant. Henry, a German immigrant, operated a general merchandise store in Darlington, and boarded at the home of Dora and Wolf Witcover before marrying their daughter Lena. David’s father, who was in the wholesale grocery and fertilizer business in Darlington, offered his African-American customers credit, and acted as a protector of sorts for those who needed help with personal matters. His great-uncle Hyman Witcover was a respected architect who designed the former Park Hotel in Darlington and numerous buildings in Savannah, Georgia, including city hall. David remembers going to the Florence train station with his father to pick up Rabbi Raisin of Charleston’s Beth Elohim, who conducted services one weekend a month for the Florence and Darlington congregations. In later years Darlington Jews hired rabbis from Sumter and Florence to lead services. David married Kathleen Hyman and they raised four children in Darlington. He describes his and other family members’ involvement in the Darlington Hebrew Congregation and Beth Israel Congregation of Florence. Note: Corrections and additions made during proofing by the interviewee’s wife and son are in brackets with their initials. Mr. Cohen provided interviews on three separate days. The July 12, 1995, and October 26, 1995, interviews were recorded on Tape 1. The October 27, 1995, interview was recorded on Tape 2. Mr. Cohen donated his papers, the subject of most of Tape 1 and all of Tape 2, to Special Collections, College of Charleston. See the David A. Cohen, Jr. collection, Mss. 1021.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Cohen, David A., Jr. 1921–1997, Cohen family, Hennig family, Witcover family, Darlington Hebrew Congregation (Darlington, S.C.), Beth Israel (Florence, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Darlington--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--History, African Americans--South Carolina--Darlington--Relations with Jews
Geographic Subject:
Pee Dee
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-031
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2012, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.