Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Dora Altman

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Dora Altman
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–, Ellison, Haskell
Altman, Dora, 1896–1999
Dora Altman grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, where her father worked as a tailor. Her parents’ emigration from Poland was sponsored by a relative, a member of the Mendelsohn family. The Altmans attended the Orthodox synagogue Brith Sholom and, at some point, Dora switched to Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, the Reform temple where services were conducted in English. Dora remembers playing with both Jews and gentiles as a child; the Henckel twins, members of the Coburg Dairy family, were among her closest friends. Dora was engaged to Samuel Turtletaub when he was killed in France during World War I. She never married. During the interview, Dora identifies certain photographs (see the Dora Altman collection, Mss. 1006 in Special Collections, College of Charleston), and is joined by interviewer Haskell Ellison, also a Charleston native, in recalling Charleston’s Jewish families and merchants of the early 20th century.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Altman, Dora, 1896–1999, Altman family, Mendelsohn family, Kurijouski family
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Social life and customs
Geographic Subject:
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-042
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg; application/pdf
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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.