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Audio/Visual
Atlanta, Georgia
May 4, 1993
Tapes/transcript
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

Zionism


Zionist Organization of America
Zionism

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

Riga, Latvia
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.)
Synagogues

Synagogues


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

Boehm, Julian V., 1878-1960


Temple (Atlanta, Ga.)
Synagogues

Marx, David M., 1872-1962
Rabbis

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


Palestine


Fundraising


Operation Entebbe - Hijacking, 1976


Terrorism


van Paasen, Pierre


Rothberg, Samuel (1886 - 1975)


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