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Atlanta, Georgia
May 4, 1993
95 pages
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Robert Travis was born in Riga, Latvia and emigrated with his family to the United States when he was five years old. They settled in New York City where he grew up. The family abandoned their Judaism in the United States and Robert grew up without much of a sense of his Jewish heritage. He was a salesman for an button business and during one sales trip to Mobile Alabama he picked up some books on the history of the Jews, which began his re-commitment to Judaism and to the Zionist cause. He moved to Atlanta in 1928, where he was heavily influenced by Rabbi Harry Epstein of the Ahavath Achim congregation. He married Bertha (Bert) Travis and began a long career of leadership and fundraising in the Zionist Organization of America, during which time he organized to help the Jews during World War II, and promoted the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. He was active nationally and knew and worked with most of the important Zionist leaders in Atlanta and the eastern United States, including Pierre van Paasen. He discusses the Zionist movement in the United States in detail in Atlanta and nationally, including the foundation of Israel.

OHC-Robert Travis

Robert Travis (1900 - 1985) - Oral History

27 Related Subjects


Zionist Organization of America

Zionist Organization of America--Atlanta District (Atlanta, Ga.)

Riga, Latvia

Emigration and Immigration

New York City (N.Y.)
New York

Travis, Robert M., 1900-1985

Travis, Bertha Edison (Bert), 1902-1978

Ahavath Achim Congregration (Atlanta, Ga.)


Epstein, Harry H. (Harry Hyman), 1903-2003

Boehm, Julian V., 1878-1960

Temple (Atlanta, Ga.)

Marx, David M., 1872-1962

Freedman, Adalbert, 1902-2003

McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Israel, Betty Notrica

Israel - History - Declaration of Independence, 1948

Arab-Israel War, 1948-1949--Smuggling

Hirsch, Harold D., Jr., 1909-1993



Operation Entebbe - Hijacking, 1976


van Paasen, Pierre

Rothberg, Samuel (1886 - 1975)

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