Morris Waldman

Morris was interviewed by William P. on January 14, 1988.

Morris Waldman is an ear, nose, and throat doctor. He was born in New York City on February 2, around 1901, and came to Dallas around the time he was in middle school. Growing up, Waldman studied Hebrew, and while he worked at an x-ray company, he taught short-hand typing in night school at Bryan High School. Afterward, he went to SMU for college and studied at Baylor Medical School. In his spare time, he taught Hebrew at Shearith Israel, the First Romanian-Austrian Congregation, and Temple Emanu-El. Waldman was involved heavily in the Jewish fraternity at Baylor and was a part of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, B’nai B’rith, and the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood. He was also a part of medical organizations such as the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Society, and the Dallas Country Medical Society and has worked in multiple hospitals around Dallas.

Joan Geiger

Joan Geiger discusses her parent’s move to the United States from their origin country, and her reasons for moving to Dallas Texas. She compares what life was like growing up in both New York City and Orlando Florida as a Jewish child and teen. She recalls how the Dallas Jewish community has changed since she moved to the Dallas area, and what organizations she’s involved in.

Joan Geiger was interviewed by Nelly Finberg on August 8, 2000.


From the Archive: Ellis & May Titche Wartime Correspondence Collection

Ellis Titche and May Levy met in Dallas on August 28, 1943, when he was on a weekend pass from school in College Station, TX.  Ellis initially connected with Mr. & Mrs. Levy on a previous trip to Dallas, at the request of his father who was a cousin of Mr. Levy.

From the time of the first letter, from May to Ellis inviting him to visit, in the Summer of 1943 (at the request of her mother), the two exchanged correspondence almost daily for over three years while Ellis was in school, training with the military, or overseas fighting in World War II. During this time, they got  engaged, were married, and had a child.

We are fortunate to hold within our collection, a large percentage of the original letters. As primary source documents, they detail experiences from training and war camps, societal trends and expectations, and the “average” life of a wartime bride and her beloved.

Here you will see a sample of one of the Ellis’ earlier letters to May and her response, from March, 1944, as well as one of their last exchanges in the collection, from January, 1946.

Not long after the later exchanges in January, 1946 Ellis returned to Dallas from the European Theater, where he began his daily life with May and their daughter, Patricia.

Ellis & May Titche Wartime Correspondence Oral History Project

This large and valuable collection of letters is in the process of being organized, cataloged, digitized, and eventually published.

Our dedicated volunteer, Mel Ginsburg, has been studying and recording Ellis’ letters for nearly  two years as part of our initiative to share the letters in an auditory format. Soon you will be able to visit our website and hear the emotion Ellis poured into his daily pennings to May.

This is an ongoing project, which we hope to expand. If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering to read and record May’s letters to Ellis, please visit our office or contact Jessica, DJHS Archivist and Volunteer Director, at [email protected]