Berman, Alex

Date:
11-28-1990
Length:
90 minutes.
Interviewer:
Marguelan, Morris
Transcription available:
no
Series:
Louisville's Jewish Community
Series ID:
1991_129
Interview Number(s):
1991_129_1
1991_129_2
Summary:
Tape 1: Berman, a Louisville native, recalls family immigration, reasons for immigration, and European conditions. His parents were Meyer Berman of Covna and Esther Spindler of Grodna, Poland. He discusses associated families such as Goldsmith, Fink, Schuster, Sher Askenaz, Frehling, Mandel, Banshek (St. Louis), Goldberg, Bornstein, Goc, Arthur Kling, Israel and Zehavi Naamani. He describes Louisville merchants in 1912; family life; traditions; the University of Louisville in 1929; Market Street; 4th and Hill Streets; neighborhood stables; Ali Bornstein, builder; Ohio River's importance; Young Men's Hebrew Association; Jewish Hospital; Louis Hebrew School; Jewish Professionals; the Haymarket; Demolay for Boys; Congregations. Tape 2: Discusses Rabbi Zarchy; Rabbi Madlebaum 1940 - as president Kennesseth; World War II; B'nai B'rith; the 1937 flood; shabbat; Four Courts.
Topic(s):
Jews--Kentucky--Louisville, Immigrants, Young Men's Hebrew Association (Louisville, Ky.), Jewish Hospital (Louisville, Ky.), Jewish religious schools, World War, 1939-1945, Floods--Kentucky--Louisville, B'nai B'rith