Herman Landau was born in 1911. His parents were born in Galitzia. His father arrived in the USA in 1898 and his mother arrived 1900, from Austria-Hungary. His father was a teacher at a New York Hebrew school, and came because of countrymen here. Landau discusses his family, the world wars, the Courier-Journal in World War II, and Pearl Harbor. He discusses his 1946 marriage to Leah Seligman. Early memories include growing up at Jackson and Market; schooling at the Morris School, which was almost all Jewish. He describes the area of Madison Street between Brook and Preston as being a Jewish neighborhood. He discusses the Young Men's Hebrew Association; Jewish newspapers including the Spokesman, Chronicler, Kentucky Jewish Post, B'nai B'rith Brief, Center Bulletin, and the Community. He describes Louisville as a big clothing manufacturing center. There were two separate communities. German families were philanthropic; started Jewish Hospital in the 1920's. The Eastern European Jews and German Jews began to mix at the YMHA, and began to intermarry. In 1975 Landau married Helen Berman. He talks about the morale program in World War I, which led to the creation of the USO, and the involvement of Alvin Younger and Arthur Kling in this work; the beginning of the YMHA Orchestra in 1916, and Morris Simon's role; and newspaper publishing during 1937 flood. Associated persons: Ben Roth, Joseph Landau, Israel Landau - Sol Horn, Louie Levine, Teacher - Rabbinovitz, Sidney Friedman, Jack Goldstein, Zalzman's, Zeiden, Applebaum, Leibsons's.
The narrator discusses her parents, Stella Leon and Julius Shapinsky; the wholesale dry goods business which her father operated on Main Street in Louisville until 1921; early life at 11 West Burnett and in the Weissinger-Gaulbert Apartments; the building of the Brown Hotel; street cars in Louisville; childhood recollections of Louisville Central Park; childhood recollections of Louisville's Fourth Street business district; the Kentucky Home School, the Quorum Club, and the Standard Club; Louisville Marine Hospital (later called Louisville Memorial Hospital); the Council of Jewish Women and the resettlement of German Jews in Louisville; congregation Adath Israel; and the origins of Kentucky Jewish Post and Opinion.