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Atlanta, Georgia
October 6 and December 1, 1994
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146 pages
Arnold Phyllis Gershon OHC.JPG

Phyllis Gershon Arnold was born in Atlanta to Sam Gershon and Jeanette London Gershon, both from Poland/Russia (now Belarus). Phyllis Arnold discusses her father's impact on the Atlanta Jewish community and recalls her childhood years in the small town of Carrollton, Georgia. She returned to Atlanta with her family at age 13, where she attended public schools and became deeply involved in the Jewish teen social scene, including activities at the Jewish Educational Alliance, Jewish social clubs, and sports and volunteer activities. She was the sweetheart of A.Z.A. and the Queen of Ballyhoo. During World War II, she sold war bonds and recalls a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt. She recalls the growth and expansion of the Jewish community in Atlanta. She was married for a short period to Howard Massell with whom she had two children. After the divorce, she married Dr. Joseph Arnold, which whom she had three children. She was involved with volunteer work in the public schools, the DeKalb Hospital Medical Auxiliary and was Chairman of the Youth Commission at Ahavath Achim synagogue. She has traveled to Russia.

OHC-Phyllis Gershon Arnold

Phyllis Gershon Arnold (1934 - ) - Oral History

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