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
Harold Schackman was the recipient of the “Shield of David Award” that is given out by the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA).
AZA states this about the award:
“One of the most historic and prestigious honors awarded to an Aleph, the Shield of David Award, recognizes Alephs who throughout their tenure in the Aleph Zadik Aleph have displayed outstanding leadership contributions, a consistent commitment to the fraternity that is AZA, and a consistently participated across all tiers of the Order – Chapter, Council, Regionally and Globally.”
The award arrived at DJHS in poor condition due to age-related wear, but it is currently stabilized in our vault, so no further stress is placed on the item. In the future, conservation may be used to restore the item.
From the Harold Schackman Collection
Lieutenant Sol Kaplan’s WWII military bag was donated to the DJHS archive in 2005. The bag has his name written on the outside, which he probably wrote himself to differentiate from other soldiers. The bag contained such things as artillery school books, colored pencils, metal tacks, a ruler, and a notebook filled with letter-writing materials. The bottom of the bag has staining and holes from usage by Lieutenant Sol Kaplan.
From the Kaplan Family Collection
In the DJHS archive, we have Leroy Gerald Lewin’s World War II Army Dress Jacket, which was donated by his daughter. Over the right breast pocket is his name pin, and over the left pocket are his medals and insignia.
The medals denote the following (Top-Bottom; L-R):
Likely Philippine Liberation with bronze service star, displayed upside down
Armed Forces Reserve with hourglass device denoting 10+ years of service
Unidentified (if you know, please leave a comment– we’re stumped!)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with two bronze service stars and a bronze arrowhead. The bronze arrowhead is a device signifying participation in a military assault, by land or by sea
The jacket also features lapel insignia, a tank in front of crossed sabers, indicating that Leroy Lewin was part of the Armor division. This insignia design came into style after 1950.
From the Leroy Lewin Collection