Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Rose Surasky Seldin and Evelyn Goodman Surasky Caplan

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Rose Surasky Seldin and Evelyn Goodman Surasky Caplan
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Seldin, Rose Surasky, 1917-2005, Caplan, Evelyn Goodman Surasky, 1918-2001
Rose Surasky Seldin, born in 1917, and her sister-in-law Evelyn Goodman Surasky Caplan, born in 1918, describe growing up in Aiken, South Carolina. Rose’s parents, Annie Sarah Rudnick and Solomon Surasky, emigrated from Knyszyn, Poland, joining his brothers and brother-in-law H. L Polier in Aiken. The interviewees recall the family businesses, including Augusta Polier’s lingerie shop and millinery. Augusta was married to Morris Polier, Evelyn’s grandfather. When Augusta died, Evelyn’s mother, Rebecca Polier Goodman, took over the store. Rose and Evelyn discuss several family members, in particular, Rose’s first cousin, Mina Surasky Tropp. Among the topics covered: prejudice; keeping kosher; the Jewish farming community called “Happyville,” established in 1905 by its promoters in nearby Montmorenci; and how locals responded to and were affected by the building of the Savannah River Plant in the early 1950s.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Savannah River Plant (E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Aiken--Interviews, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Aiken--History, Agricultural colonies--South Carolina--Happyville
Shelving Locator:
Mss 1035-070
S.C. County:
Aiken County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Rose Surasky Seldin and Evelyn Goodman Surasky Caplan, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, 4 May 1996, Mss 1035-070, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Copyright © College of Charleston Libraries.
Access Information:
For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.