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Oral history interview with Helen Rosenwald Stahl

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.156.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0968

Helen Rosenwald Stahl (née Helene Gussie Rosenwald), born on May 16, 1930 in Bünde, Westfalia, Germany, discusses being an only child; her grandfather’s and great-uncle Julius’s cigar factory in Bünde, where her father, Simon Rosenwald, was employed as a salesman; her father’s service in the cavalry in the German army during WWI; living on the second floor of her grandfather’s large home; being educated by a governess; how in November 1936, ten family members (Helen and her parents, her great-uncle Julius and his children, her cousin Erika Reis (nee Lowenthal) and her parents) left Germany for the United States; her cousin Julius Rosenwald, who was a partner in the Sears Roebuck Company, sponsored her family as well as at least 50 additional relatives to immigrate to the United States through the Rosenwald Family Association; her grandfather remaining behind in Germany to take care of his sick sister, who soon died, whereupon he also immigrated to the US; her grandfather living with her family; her father opening a photo studio shop with a partner in Brooklyn, NY; receiving annual packages from Julius Rosenwald’s daughter-in-law in New Orleans which included stylish clothes for Helen; getting married to Gerald Stahl in 1952 and moving to North Carolina; and learning years later that her cousin Julius Rosenwald had also created schools for black children throughout the American South.

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Helen R. Stahl
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2018 May 05
creation: Durham (N.C.)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:13
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