Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Libby Friedman Levinson

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Libby Friedman Levinson
Rosengarten, Dale, 1948-, Lourie, Susan
Levinson, Libby Friedman, 1909-2000
Libby Friedman Levinson, the youngest of seven children of Betty Alpern and Isadore Friedman, was born in Grajewo, Poland, in 1909. Isadore immigrated to the United States a month before Germany declared war on Russia in 1914. He settled in Charleston, South Carolina, home to a number of Betty’s relatives and landsmen from Trestina (Trzcianne), including the Karesh, Pearlstine, and Jacobs families. Betty and the children intended to follow as soon as they could sell their house and furniture, but World War I prevented their emigration until just after the fighting ended. Libby describes how her mother and siblings survived the war and their trip from Poland to Charleston afterward. She discusses family members, in particular, her sister Annie, who married Louis Lourie of St. George, and her sister Minnie, who married Jake Kalinsky of Holly Hill. Libby married Charles Levinson of Bishopville; after living briefly in Branchville and North, South Carolina, they moved to Barnwell, where they raised two children. The transcript includes comments inserted by the interviewee during proofreading.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Jews--Immigrants--United States--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Charleston--History, Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Barnwell--History, Jews--Poland--Grajewo, World War, 1914-1918--Jews--Poland
Shelving Locator:
Mss 1035-016
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.), Barnwell County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Libby Friedman Levinson, audio interview by Dale Rosengarten and Susan Lourie, 2 May 1995, Mss 1035-016, 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.