Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Irving Sonenshine

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Irving Sonenshine
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Rosenblum, Sandra Lee Kahn, Jacobs, Ruth Bass
Sonenshine, Irving, 1921-2013
Irving “Itchy” Sonenshine (Zonenschein), son of Polish immigrants, talks about growing up in the St. Philip Street neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina, and recalls many of the Jewish families that operated stores on King Street. He discusses the two Orthodox synagogues, Beth Israel and Brith Sholom, his experiences in Hebrew school and at AZA (Aleph Zadik Aleph) functions, his service as a navigator on bombers in the Pacific theatre during World War II, his partnership with Arthur Kahn in the electronics business, and his wife, Mildred “Mickey” Breibart Sonenshine, also a native of Charleston. Sonenshine also mentions the synagogue his son Stanley attends, B’nai Torah, a “Conservadox” congregation in Atlanta. Note: a videotape of this interview is available for viewing in Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Brith Sholom (Charleston, S.C.), Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jews--South Carolina--Charleston--Social life and customs, World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-169
S.C. County:
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:
Irving Sonenshine, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, Sandra Lee Kahn Rosenblum, and Ruth Bass Jacobs, 30 September 1997, Mss 1035-169, 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.