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Atlanta, Georgia
June 21, 1989
82 pages
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Josephine Joel Heyman was born in and grew up in Atlanta, Georiga. Her grandparents came to Atlanta in the mid-1800s and married in 1856. Her grandfather Menko was a charter member of the Temple. Her mother was Elle Menko Joel and her father was Benjamin Franklin Joel, both born in Georgia. They were the first couple to be married by Rabbi David Marx of the Temple. Her family was in the dry-goods and furniture trade. She discusses her childhood, her education in public schools (including Girls' High School) and later at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He recalls the impact of the Leo M. Frank case on the community as well as the Temple bombing in 1958. She married Herman Heyman, a prominent lawyer in Atlanta. She recalls her service and leadership in the National Council of Women Jews, League of Women Voters, Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching and Hadassah. She discusses Atlanta's reponse to the Holocaust and World War II and the matter of refugees, Jewish-Jewish relations, and Jewish-Christian relations. She attended Sunday school and was confirmed and recalls how her family celebrated Christmas as well as the Jewish holidays. Josephine discusses the growth of Atlanta, especially in the cultural area (music, art, opera, etc.), the establishment of the High Museum of Art and the 1962 plane crash in Paris, France that took the lives of many prominent Atlanta Jews.

OHC-Josephine Joel Heyman

Josephine Joel Heyman (1901 - 1993) - Oral History

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