Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Sylvia Polan Weintraub and Lawrence Weintraub

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Sylvia Polan Weintraub and Lawrence Weintraub
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948–
Interviewee:
Weintraub, Sylvia Polan, 1922–2007, Weintraub, Lawrence, 1924–2001
Date:
1998-04-21
Description:
Lawrence and Sylvia Polan Weintraub provide background about their parents and grandparents, primarily their activities after they arrived in the United States from Eastern Europe. Sylvia was born and raised in Mullins, South Carolina. Her father had moved to Mullins from Baltimore to manage a store. Her mother, a Levin of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, joined him after they married. Sylvia describes how the family kept kosher in a small southern town, where she and her sister endured antisemitic taunts from schoolmates. Her family traveled to Dillon, South Carolina, for services and Sunday school lessons. Larry was born and raised in Brooklyn where his father and uncle manufactured ladies’ blouses. After serving in the army during World War II, Larry moved to Walterboro to join his maternal uncle, Harry Zahl, who ran a wholesale business. Larry worked for Harry as a traveling salesman, and it was on his route through Mullins that he met Sylvia, working in her father’s store. The couple married in 1947 and lived briefly in Petersburg, Virginia, before returning to South Carolina. They raised their two children in Timmonsville and were members of Temple Beth Israel in Florence.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Lawrence Weintraub, 1924–2001, Sylvia Polan Weintraub, 1922–2007, Polan family, Weintraub family, Temple Beth Israel (Florence, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Mullins--History, Jews--South Carolina--Walterboro--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Walterboro--History, Jewish sects--South Carolina--Florence--History, Jewish sects--South Carolina--Dillon--History
Geographic Subject:
Lowcountry, Pee Dee
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-190
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.