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Audio/visual
Atlanta, Georgia
April 26 and May 27, 1994
Tapes/transcript
90 pages

Harold Friedman was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1904. His father, William, was from Riga, Latvia and his mother, Esther, was born in San Francisco, where her father had taken his family during the Gold Rush. His father immigrated to the United States from Riga, Latvia in the 1800s. His parents corresponded for years before they were married and had never met until William travelled to Shadron, Nebraska to marry her. His father was in the dry-goods business. Dr. Friedman recalls his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama and Jewish religious and social life in that citty including the synagogue and the rabbi, Vernon Ehrenreich. He attended college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the 1920s. He attended graduate school at the University of Virginia where he got a doctorage in chemistry. He worked for a short time at the University of Maine, then at Columbia University, and finally settled at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1942 he entered the Chemical Warfare Service of the Army and worked in various secret programs. When he returned to Atlanta after the war he took a position with Zep Manufacturing, where he worked in research and development for the rest of his professional life. Dr. Friedman recalls the Zaban family and Mandle Zaban in particular, A.L. Feldman and others in the chemical industry in Atlanta. Dr. Friedman recalls his life in academia including antisemitism on the faculty and the various Greek letter societies, including Jewish ones. Dr. Friedman discusses the various synagogues in Atlanta including Ahavath Achim and the Temple and their rabbis, including David Marx, and Jacob Rothschild. Dr. Friedman started a lecture and entertainment series which brought Jewish authors and entertainers to the Atlanta community. Dr. Friedman married Maxine and they had three children. He discusses in detail his years of professional association with Zep Manufacturing and its growth and achievements including the reburbishment of the first Jewish Home.

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