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1920s and Earlier

1920s and Earlieroral history

Bob Goldberg

Bob Goldberg was born in 1927 in Dallas, Texas. He attended grammar school in South Dallas, followed by Forest Avenue High School. Then, he went to University of Texas for a semester and a half before enlisting in the military at the age of 17. He was stationed in San Francisco as a radio operator, sending out messages into the Pacific Ocean. After his service, Bob came back to Dallas and married his wife, Lois, a few months later, in 1946. Bob studied business marketing at SMU and ultimately ended up working for a large metal recycling company for 32 years. Together Lois and Bob have one daughter and two sons, all of whom have been very active in the Dallas Jewish community. Their sons opened up a scrapyard under their father's training. Bob has been an important member of the Dallas Jewish community, serving his time on the board of the Jewish Community Center and with other organizations. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 27, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Berta Goetz

Berta Goetz was born in 1927 in Tübingen, Germany. She moved with her family to Yugoslavia at age six in 1934, where they lived before making the long journey to America in 1939. Berta's father started a scrap metal business once they arrived in Philadelphia. After attending high school in Philadelphia, Berta went to Moore College of Art and Design. She met her husband in New York while working as a designer for a textile studio, and they married in 1951. Berta & Arno z"l moved to Dallas the day after they married, as a result of Berta's husband's job in an international cotton firm. Together they spent a lot of time traveling and sharing in the joy of their four children. Berta is still an active member of the Dallas Jewish community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.  
Bryan Cytron
April 23, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Al Garment

Al Garment, the oldest of two boys, was born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. As a child, Al attended Brooklyn Tech High School, where he studied engineering. In June 1946, Al entered the military. He has been married for 65 years and together he and his wife have two daughters. Al began working in his father's fabrics business but then switched over to electronics and mechanics. He came to Texas in 1960 and built fighter planes for many years in Grand Prairie for LTV and then worked for Boeing for around 12 years. Al and his wife have been involved for many years with Congregation Tiferet Israel, Jewish War Veterans, and the Texas Jewish Post. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.  
Bryan Cytron
April 22, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Hy Cohen

Hy Cohen, one of 12 children, was born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. Hy's father was 11 years old when he ran away from Russia and found himself traveling through Europe, eventually to end up in London. Hy, from a very young age, was a mechanically inclined individual and an avid lover of airplanes and flying, which later influenced his decision to join the Naval Air Force. He married his wife, Edna, in 1950 and they settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before moving to Texas for business. As the proud father of three children, Hy's passion and love have been very touching to both family and friends. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Rosalie Budnoff

Rosalie Budnoff was born in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father was a printing salesman and her mother, born in Russia, came to America at age three around 1897. Rosalie attended Girls' Latin School in Boston. She moved to Dallas in 1967 and met her late second husband, Irving z"l, at a Jewish-sponsored dance. Rosalie has been a very active member in Dallas's Jewish community and has found that the Jewish community provides opportunities to meet new people. She belonged to the National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah while simultaneously working and has been an active member of Congregation Tiferet Israel. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Moises “Maurice” Bramnik

Moises "Maurice" Bramnik was born in 1924 in the Ukraine. When he was one, his family left Russia and moved to Havana, Cuba, in order to move away from the communist regime. Maurice met his wife, Esther, in 1956, and they had two children together while still in Cuba. He attended the University of Havana for two years studying civil engineering before he and his family left Cuba to come to the United States. After a brief time in Miami, they finally settled in Dallas with the help of Jewish Family Service and have since fallen in love with the country they now call home. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Hannah Brahinsky

Hannah Brahinsky z"l, a fraternal twin and one of five children, was born in 1922 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and raised in Marysville, Kansas. Hannah's parents were both from Russia - her father came to America in 1907 and her mother in 1911. She recognized the impact her wonderful high school teachers had on her life and mentions the effect schooling has on every individual. Hannah came to Dallas with her family in 1939, right after she completed high school, and was an involved member of the Jewish Community, with organizations such as Hadassah. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Myron Ball

Myron Ball z"l was born in 1924 in Reading, Pennsylvania. In his junior and senior high school days, Myron was interested in acting and writing, and ultimately pursued this interest by authoring books and a play later in his life. Directly after high school, Myron went to podiatry school, but soon after entered the Navy during World War II. Following completion of podiatry school, he moved to Dallas, and his mother and sister followed shortly thereafter. Myron met his wife, Kitzi, at the Adolphus Hotel at a dance. He practiced medicine for 64 years in addition to serving on the board of the Dallas Jewish Community Center in 1948 and working for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas for many years. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 9, 2015
1920s and Earlieroral history

Dave Andres

In preparation for June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day, Dave Andres z"l shared his memories from age 19 of watching the invasion from the English Channel while serving with the U.S. Navy. Born in Dallas, TX, on April 24, 1925, to Chaya Ruchel and Harry Andres, Dave was drafted into the Navy at 18 and trained in Balboa Park in California. Following his naval service, he returned to Dallas and studied at SMU.  Dave eventually became the founder of Dave Andres Real Estate and was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El.  He was a dedicated supporter of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association, a baseball coach at the JCC and Dallas Metro YMCA, and, along with his wife, Ruth, helped the Dallas Jewish Historical Society through their financial and hands-on generosity. Dave passed away on December 30, 2004. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
Bryan Cytron
April 7, 2015