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Pi Tau Pi Conclave Host Ribbon

Pi Tau Pi Fraternity was founded November 9, 1909 by Fred Wolff, Al V. Levy, Harry Oppenheimer, and R. W. Apte. It was local to St. Louis, Missouri, but became a national co-ed charter. It was created with the intent, “to promote and encourage Judaism; to advance Hebraic culture; to aid in the abolishment of prejudice against the Jew; and to further activities social and philanthropic.” This host nametag for May Sebel is from the Pi Tau Pi conclave, or alumni meetup, that occurred in Dallas July 4-7, 1962. While it is unclear what activities occurred during the conclave, the theme seemed to be “Do It In Dallas,” as it says on the nametag. The Pi Tau Pi fraternity disbanded in 1967, 5 years after this conclave; however, there are many Jewish fraternities that exist today.   https://web.tul-infra.page/finding_aids/pi-tau-pi-fraternity-records
DJHS Admin
July 9, 2020
From the Archive

Landsberg, Germany – Wooden Bowl

This wooden bowl with decorative painted flowers looks to be a souvenir from Landsberg Germany. Landsberg is home to the prison which once imprisoned Adolf Hitler after the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch. He was imprisoned in 1924 and served less than a half a year in the prison. “Hitler also famously used his time of incarceration in Landsberg to write his book, 'Mein Kampf' one of the major pieces of propaganda that would push Germans towards the Nazi party.” Sources indicate, “after WWII the US Army took over and Landsberg Prison became War Criminal Prison No. 1, the main holding cell for captured Nazis. Over a five year period between 1945 and 1950 over 278 Nazi’s were executed at the prison for their crimes against humanity.” The Kaufering Concentration Camp located in Landsberg was a subcamp of Dachau. It is the only privately owned concentration camp site in Germany. In 2018, the mayor of Landsberg, Mathias Neuner, stated that a permanent historical exhibition was in the works.     Sources: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/landsberg-prison-where-hitler-wrote-mein-kampf https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/kaufering https://www.thejc.com/news/news-features/german-town-where-nothing-happened-confronts-nazi-past-landsberg-am-lech-1.468210
DJHS Admin
July 7, 2020
From the Archive

Creative Contest Ribbon – Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood

This first place creative contest ribbon given out by the Temple Emanu-El sisterhood on October 15, 1974, was given to Helen Loeb for her knitting. In 1974, the president of the Temple Emanu-El WRJ/Sisterhood was Janie Rosenthal. The sisterhood has been involved with crafts since 1920 when a newly purchased organ was bought, they paid it off selling their own hand-made goods. This women’s society began back in 1886 at Temple Emanu-El. They state “Community service began with visits to the sick and needy as well as assistance to Jewish immigrants settling in Dallas.” While the Sisterhood isn’t meeting in person during the Coronavirus, they keep up with one another virtually, this includes wellness events, socials, and book clubs.  From the May Sebel Collection
DJHS Admin
July 2, 2020
From the Archive

Fannie Schwartz Embroidered State Fair Flag, 1946

In 1946 the Texas State Fair reopened, or as they called it then the “Victory Fair.” The fair was closed from 1942 to 1945 due to World War II, and the shortages of rubber affected the transportation of exhibitions. In the September 29, 1945 Billboard Magazine, they announced the Victory Fair, and that it was planning a $700,000 improvement program,  approved by the State Fair Association directors. They also planned on replacing the automobile building which had been destroyed by a fire in 1941, with a “modern exhibit building.” When the fair reopened in 1946 one of the sideshows included a man, “Scotty Scott,” who was buried alive in a casket 6 feet underground; for the length of the State Fair, 5 ½ months. From the Fannie Schwartz Collection             https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2011/10/03/fair-flashback-when-there-was-no-state-fair-early-1940s/ https://flashbackdallas.com/2019/10/30/buried-alive-at-the-fair-park-midway-1946/ https://books.google.com/books?id=oBgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT57&lpg=PT57&dq=1946+victory+fair&source=bl&ots=-FpZQ1mSlh&sig=ACfU3U2CMX7A5KO94rtFFLQhoZ5veyoS5A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjXw9XQr4nqAhUQTawKHcBJAxQQ6AEwEHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=1946%20victory%20fair&f=false
DJHS Admin
June 30, 2020
oral history

Charles Rosenson

Charles "Chip" Rosenson Interviewed by Jo Reingold on July 17, 2019. Chip passed away June 22, 2020, may his memory be for a blessing. Click here to watch his interview.
DJHS Admin
June 29, 2020
From the Archive

BBG Star Of Deborah Pin

This is a gold Star of Deborah which is an individual award given out by the B’nai B’rith Girls or BBG organization. There is criteria and a point system in place to receive this honor. It includes earning 400 points, advisor approval, an essay, and the recruitment of 3 new members. From the Luterman Family Collection.  
DJHS Admin
June 25, 2020
From the Archive

Mr. Meyer J. Rachofsky Name Plate

Meyer J. Rachofsky was the Vice President of Mercantile National Bank. Mr. Rachofsky was also the treasurer of Golden Acres, as seen in the October 17, 1957 Texas Jewish Post Newspaper. The Mercantile National Bank is well known for its iconic building located on Main Street in Downtown Dallas. The building was completed in 1943, and it was the only major skyscraper built during World War II. It was also the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for over a decade. The building, now called The Merc, is currently home to many people as it was converted into an apartment building. From the Morton Rachofsky Collection   https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth755520/m1/4/?q=Meyer%20J.%20Rachofsky
DJHS Admin
June 23, 2020
From the Archive

Abraham Levi Family Portrait & Family Tree

Here is a family portrait of Abraham Levi, with his children and grandchildren. Abraham Levi was born in 1822 in France. Leaving France at age 24 he landed in America and eventually made his way to Texas. Abraham was a large influence on the Victoria, Texas community. Levi served as president of the Victoria Jewish congregation for a quarter of a century. He also financed the area's first electrical generator and ice plants. He died on November 30, 1902, and was buried in the B'nai B'rith Israel Cemetery at Victoria.
DJHS Admin
June 2, 2020
From the Archive

The Mid-Cities Anglers of Texas Trophy

Sig Badt was given this desk trophy for being the master of ceremonies for the awards banquet for Mid-Cities Anglers Club in 1972. The Mid-Cities Anglers of Texas, as they call themselves now, was organized in 1965 and is one of the oldest clubs in the area. The club defines itself as family-friendly, and a small club. The desk trophy displays a fish, a clock, and a pen holder.  From the Sig Badt Collection    
DJHS Admin
May 28, 2020
From the Archive

Sweetheart Pin

Similar to the WWII sweetheart pin, or fraternity pins, this was the first sweetheart pin given to Dallas AZA's first Sweetheart, Pearl Freed Klausner in the late 1930s. The pin has the Star of David, and is connected by a chain to a horn with the word “Sweetheart” on it. BBYO is currently made up of The Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) founded in 1924, and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) which was founded in 1944. Because the BBG was founded later, the sweetheart pin was most likely given out by members of the AZA to girls they socialized with.  From the Debbie Schweig Collection
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May 26, 2020
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