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1920s and Earlier

Remembering Passover, excerpt from a 1973 oral history interview with Mrs. Ben Blatt

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Passover was really something . . . I don’t wonder now that woman do not live to a ripe old age.  I think that one day could have shortened a woman’s life by 20 years . . . really what they went through, chickens by hand, you know, and 5 or 6 chickens and you couldn’t do it beforehand because there was no freezing, there was just an ice chest and you tried to preserve that 50 lbs or 75 lbs of ice if you had a very large refrigerator by wrapping it in newspaper..  Everything had to be done that day or the day before, you know, and no one had several sets of silver so you kashered that silver by taking it out in the yard and digging a hole and you heated a flat iron (such as I have sitting here in the hall as a doorstop) and then you put it down in the hole and covered up the silver. Of course there were no electric mixers, you beat that cake by hand.  There was nothing prepared, I mean nothing.  You can get anything you want now, cake mixes or just anything you want, and d…

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Kitzi Ball

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Kitzi Ball was born in 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving with her family to Ohio, followed by moves to Chicago and New York City. Kitzi’s father was a store manager and later became Vice President of the Three Sisters Company. Kitzi lived in Chicago and was an X-ray technician at the time that her family moved to Texas in 1951. Kitzi married her late husband, Myron z”l, in 1952 and they later settled together in Dallas. Kitzi dedicated her time as a volunteer at Golden Acres for 25 years, serving as a friend and confidant to the elderly there. Kitzi and Myron had three sons together. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Mimi Aronoff

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Born in Dallas, TX, in 1929, Mimi attended John Henry Brown School and Forest High School. Her father, who eventually owned Goodman Produce Company, immigrated from Poland to the U.S. at age 13. On June 21, 1947, Mimi married her husband, Melvin, who had the opportunity to meet Albert Einstein at a seder dinner through the military. Her family was active in three synagogues – Temple Emanu-El, Agudas Achim, and Shearith Israel – and Mimi was president of Mizrachi Women  in Dallas. On the day of her son’s bar mitzvah, she heard on the radio that President Kennedy was assassinated, and later that night saw Jack Ruby at Temple. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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