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Atlanta, Georgia
January 28, 1987
99 pages (in two parts)

Beatrice (Be) Hirsch Haas was born in Atlanta in 1905. The Haas and Hirsch families were prominent Jewish families in Atlanta and were instrumental in founding the Temple. Her brother, Morris Hirsch, founded Hirsch Brothers, a men's clothing store. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1925. She married Leonard Haas Sr. who died in 1969. He was an attorney who helped form the Civil Liberties Union, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Alliance in Atlanta and was an attorney in the Leo M. Frank case. With her husband's encouragement she became active in the League of Women Voters, in which she held positions on the local and national level. She was also involved in Georgia politics. She helped to put on Atlanta's 100 year celebration and a series of financial forums for women with led to the formation of her own fundraising business Grizzard and Haas (formerly Haas, Cox and Alexander). She shares her thoughts on the intermarriage of her two sons, Leonard and John, politics, civil rights, desegration, and public school education.

OHC-Beatrice (Be) Hirsch Haas

Beatrice (Be) Hirsch Haas (1905 - 1997) - Oral History

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