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oral history

Stanley Fine

Stanley Fine grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he attended primary school, high school, and university to study law. Stanley married his wife, Lynn, in 1982, and together they moved to Los Angeles for seven years before settling in Dallas on July 4th, 1992. Stanley discusses the differences between South Africa and America, specifically with regard to business and social conditions. Stanley has been involved with the U.S. Holocaust Museum and assisted in one of its programs, an education seminar given to Texas teachers from public and private high schools and universities. Stanley and Lynn have two children and continue to express their gratitude to the giving Dallas Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 7, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Rosalee Cohen

Rosalee Cohen, the oldest of two girls, was born in 1920 to her father who came from Poland and her mother from Russia. When Rosalee was 11 years old, her family moved back to Dallas, where she attended Colonial Hill Elementary, followed by Forest Avenue High School and eventually Southern Methodist University, from which she graduated. She began as an education major but switched to sociology and became a social worker, working for Dallas County Welfare. Rosalee married in Dallas in 1942. She was the secretary at Congregation Shearith Israel, where she also taught, in addition to serving as the president of the Sisterhood at Temple Emanu-El. Rosalee comes from a family that has always valued giving back to the Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 7, 2015
oral history

Bernard Levy

Bernard Levy's father came to Dallas in 1906 and with his brother began the business that eventually became two local plumbing companies. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 7, 2015
oral history

Jaime Hazan-Cohen

Jaime Hazan-Cohen was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the U.S. in October of 1960. He initially lived in Florida and then relocated to Dallas. Jaime's father was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and his mother was born in Cuba. Jaime went to law school in Havana, then to Southern Methodist University in Texas and following that worked as an accountant. He later opened a wholesale textile business with his brother and father. Jaime met his wife, Esther, in Dallas at the age of 30 and they married a year later. He is an active member of Congregation Tiferet Israel, has served on the boards of both Akiba Academy and Tiferet Israel, and has supported other community organizations alongside his wife. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 7, 2015
oral history

Sue Lichten

Sue Lichten has been involved in the nonprofit community for many years, both within the Dallas Jewish community and the general community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 6, 2015
1930soral history

Zelda Mash

Zelda Mash came to Dallas as high school student and has been an integral part of the Dallas Jewish community for many years. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 6, 2015
oral history

Zona Pidgeon

Zona Pidgeon, originally from San Antonio, is an active volunteer in the Dallas Jewish community.  Zona and her family are generous supporters of many organizations, giving both time and funding for a variety of projects. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 6, 2015
1940soral history

Jack Bell

The son of two Holocaust survivors, Jack Bell was born in Poland in 1944 in a little town on the German Polish border. After the war, he and his family lived in a suburb of Munich, Germany, but in June of 1949, Jack's family moved to Dallas and experienced a completely new lifestyle. After attending Hillcrest High School, Jack graduated from the University of North Texas and married his wife, Louise, the following day at Temple Emanu-El. Jack has been a financial advisor and stock broker for over twenty two years. He has deep ties to his roots and his family's past and has served as president at the Dallas Holocaust Center. There he feels he was able to merge the Holocaust Center with the second generation of Holocaust survivors. He has also served many other Jewish organizations in Dallas, including Jewish Family Service and its adoption committee. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 6, 2015
oral history

Robert Strauss

Robert Strauss was an FBI agent, a successful lawyer, Chairman of the Democratic Party and a friend of U.S. Presidents of every stripe. In part 1 of his Oral History interview he talks of his roots in Texas and tells some of the stories for which he was well known. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
DJHS Admin
July 6, 2015