by DJHS Admin | Jan 29, 2019 | 1920s and Earlier, Video Oral History |
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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by scott cytron | Feb 9, 2015 | 1920s and Earlier, Video Oral History
Born in Dallas, TX, in 1929, Mimi attended John Henry Brown School and Forest High School. Her father, who eventually owned Goodman Produce Company, immigrated from Poland to the U.S. at age 13. On June 21, 1947, Mimi married her husband, Melvin, who had the opportunity to meet Albert Einstein at a seder dinner through the military. Her family was active in three synagogues – Temple Emanu-El, Agudas Achim, and Shearith Israel – and Mimi was president of Mizrachi Women in Dallas. On the day of her son’s bar mitzvah, she heard on the radio that President Kennedy was assassinated, and later that night saw Jack Ruby at Temple.
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