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Audio/visual
Atlanta, Georgia
December 23, 1996
Tapes/transcript
72 pages

Helene Kantor Facher was born in Atlanta. Her father's family came from Bialystok, Poland/Ukraine and her mother was orphaned in her youth and riased in the Hebrew Orphans' Home. She grew up in Atlanta, with the exception of one year spent in Frot Worth, Texas where her father had gotten a job, only to have to return to Atlanta when the Great Depression came. Helene went to public schools and participated in many Jewish youth groups. When Helene graduated from Commercial High School she moved to New York City where she met and married her husband, Bernard Facher. When World War II started Helene and Bernard moved to Atlanta and began Facher Painting and Decorating Company, which prospered over the years and still exists. Helene was involved with many Jewish organizations, assuming leadership roles in Pioneer Women, Hadassah, B'nai B'rith Women and others. Her grandchild Lori was born with Down's Syndrome and Helene also got deeply involved in education and improvement of living conditions for children with developmental disabilities together with her daughter, Robyn. Helene discussed growing up in Jewish Atlanta, her education, her family, the various neighborhoods in Atlanta, synagogues and formative rabbis, her move to New York, courtship and marriage, return to Atlanta and the establishment and growth of Facher Painting. She discusses in detail the aspects of her volunteer activities in the Jewish community and her life-affirming work with children with developmental disabilities. She also discusses how Bernard, who had come to the United States from Czechoslovakia before the war, lost touch with his family and thought they had all been murdered in the Holocaust, only to find that several of his younger brothers and sisters had survived.

OHC-Helene Kantor Facher

Helene Kantor Facher (1918 - ) - Oral History

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