Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Leona Novit Siegel and Paul Siegel

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Title:
Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Leona Novit Siegel and Paul Siegel
Interviewer:
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Rosenblum, Sandra Lee Kahn
Interviewee:
Siegel, Leona Novit, 1921-2003, Siegel, Paul
Date:
1996-04-09
Description:
Leona Novit Siegel, joined by her son, Paul, discusses her relatives, the Zalins, the Novits, and the Bogoslows, and identifies the subjects of family photos during the interview. She was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina, where her father, Albert Novit, ran a general merchandise store before opening the Lady Lafayette Hotel, popular with honeymooners and tourists driving between New York and Florida. Albert, who was president of the Walterboro Chamber of Commerce, was known for his enthusiastic promotion of his adopted hometown as a great place to visit and to live. He persuaded traveler Arthur Bauer to put down roots and open the Lady Lafayette Grill, a restaurant to complement his hotel. He also convinced Leona’s husband, Sam Siegel, to move to Walterboro from Anderson, South Carolina. Leona’s maternal grandparents, Hyman and Anna Barth Zalin, emigrated from Russia and settled in Walterboro where they established a dry goods business. Anna’s sister, who had married a Bogoslow, followed. The Novits also emigrated from Eastern Europe, but made Charleston, South Carolina, their home. Leona describes how she met and married Sam, and recounts how she received news of the injuries Sam sustained in the Battle of the Bulge. Note: the transcript contains corrections made by Leona’s daughter Gale Messerman.
Collection:
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Walterboro--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Walterboro--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Walterboro--History, Jewish businesspeople--South Carolina--Walterboro--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-061
S.C. County:
Colleton County (S.C.), Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg, application/pdf
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Leona Novit Siegel and Paul Siegel, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten and Sandra Lee Kahn Rosenblum, 09 April 1996, Mss 1035-061, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2013, College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.