Norma Apt

Norma Apt
Born in Greenville, Texas in 1929, Norma grew up in Fort Worth. Her father, Meyer Abramson, was a Lithuanian immigrant who opened his own store and later founded Southland Beauty Supply, exclusively supplying Helene Curtis products to Neiman Marcus and other major retailers. Norma became a speech pathologist, having graduated from Emerson College in 1953 and also having studied at Harvard. Norma spent more than 20 years as a docent with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and became interested in studying World War II due to her brother’s service in the military.
Published on January 19, 2014.

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Hilde Schwartz

Schwartz, HildeHilde Schwartz was born in Germany and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She married husband Bill Schwartz in 1950, and they moved together to Dallas in the summer of 1951. Hilde discusses the challenges, particularly segregation and discrimination, that she experienced while adapting to life in the South. Having worked for the Civil Service in Chicago, Hilde temporarily worked at the downtown flagship Neiman Marcus store, until she was hired as a Women of the Air Force (WAF) and Women of the Army Corps (WAC) Recruiter. The mother of  three, Hilde has family located thorughout the United States. She is a wonderful volunteer at Legacy and an active member of Temple Emanu-El, particularly involved with its Sisterhood.

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Lynn Fine

Lynn Fine, originally from Johannesburg, is descended from Lithuanian emigres to South Africa. Soon after Lynn and her husband, Stanley, married, they left South Africa, intrigued by the American Dream. They first moved to Los Angeles, then later to Dallas, where they have been for over 20 years. Lynn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Theory and Psychology and worked for a public relations company in South Africa. When she first came to Dallas, she bought an African art company and sold African art and was very in touch with the European fashion market. She has been the Creative Director of KidKraft, the company for which she works.

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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.

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Jack Greenberg

Jack GreenbergJack Greenberg was born in 1927 in Iowa City and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His father worked for a chain of women’s ready-to-wear clothing stores where Jack’s mother worked as well. Jack attended high school in Illinois where he was one of five Jewish kids at the high school. He went to the University of Iowa for three years, then Washington University for one year, followed by U.S. Army service from 1950-1953, during which time he was stationed in Georgia. He worked at Neiman Marcus department store when he and his family first came to Dallas until his family opened up a women’s clothing store in Dallas and later worked for Charles Curtain Company for 32 years. Jack and his wife, Carole, have three children.

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