Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Stanley Farbstein

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Stanley Farbstein
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Farbstein, Stanley, 1925-2014
Stanley Farbstein, born in 1925, grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, the son of Esther Getz (Goetz) and Casper Farbstein. Stanley notes that his mother‚ parents, Rachel Shindell and Jacob Getz, both emigrants from Eastern Europe, ran a general merchandise store on neighboring Parris Island, selling "everything from horse collars to wedding dresses." They opened the store in the 1890s and their customers were farmers who lived on the island and U.S. Navy sailors whose ships stopped there to refuel at the coaling station. In 1919, when the U. S. Navy took over the entire island, the Getzes moved to Beaufort, where Jacob, an Orthodox Jew, had helped to organize Beth Israel in 1905. Casper, who served in the U.S. Army in France during the First World War, worked as an electrician in Savannah and then Beaufort. Stanley describes his parents' wedding, the effects of the Great Depression on his family, his mother‚ skills in the kitchen, and the improvements Casper and Esther made to their Federal Street home and yard. He recalls Esther telling him about teaching in South Carolina schools in rural towns such as Hampton, Dale, and Fort Motte. It was in the latter location that she met and befriended writer Julia Peterkin. For related materials, see family photographs, etc., that the interviewee donated to 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:
Beth Israel (Beaufort, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Beaufort--Interviews, Jews--South Carolina--Beaufort--History, Jews--South Carolina--Parris Island--History
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-229
S.C. County:
Beaufort 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:
Stanley Farbstein, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, 9 November 1999, Mss 1035-229, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
© College of Charleston Libraries
Access Information:
For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.