Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Allan Jay Sindler and Sophie Payeff Sindler

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Allan Jay Sindler and Sophie Payeff Sindler
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-
Sindler, Allan Jay, 1925-2010, Sindler, Sophie Payeff, 1930-
Sophie “Skip” Payeff Sindler, born in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1930, and her husband, Allan Sindler, born in Bishopville, South Carolina, in 1925, discuss their family histories. Skip’s parents met in Chicago after emigrating from Knyszyn, Poland. Skip recalls encounters with antisemitism while growing up in Aiken. She describes her brother Kivy Payeff’s service in the military in Germany during World War II, and the traditional nature of services at the Aiken synagogue, Adath Yeshurun. Allan’s father, Frank Sindler, a tailor, emigrated from the Lithuania-Latvia region and married Pauline Schwartzman, a native of Baltimore. They followed Pauline’s aunt and uncle, Louis and Mary Schwartzman Slesinger, to Bishopville, South Carolina, where, for decades, Frank ran a men’s clothing store. Allan describes growing up in Bishopville, his Jewish education, and the Bishopville Hebrew Congregation. Allan and Skip raised their family in Camden, South Carolina, about 25 miles from Allan’s hometown. Allan, a chemical engineer and award-winning sculptor, discusses some of his artwork. Other topics discussed include: Sumter’s Temple Sinai, changes in Jewish religious observance, and possible reasons for the decline of Jewish congregations in small Southern towns like Camden. The transcript includes comments inserted by Allan Sindler during proofreading.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Adath Yeshurun (Aiken, S.C.), Temple Beth El (Camden, S.C.), Bishopville Hebrew Congregation (Bishopville, S.C.), Temple Sinai (Sumter, S.C.)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Camden--Interviews, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Bishopville--History, Jews--South Carolina--Bishopville--Religious life, Jews--South Carolina--Aiken--Religious life, Jews--Cultural assimilation--South Carolina--History, Antisemitism--South Carolina--Aiken--History
Shelving Locator:
Mss 1035-022
S.C. County:
Aiken County (S.C.), Lee County (S.C.), Kershaw County (S.C.), Sumter County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Allan Jay Sindler and Sophie Payeff Sindler, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten, 23 May 1995, Mss 1035-022, 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.