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Oral history interview with Helene Barricks

Oral History | Accession Number: 2019.125.23 | RG Number: RG-90.057.0023

Helene Barricks, born on April 14, 1917 in Des Moines, Iowa, discusses her early childhood in Emmetsburg, Iowa, where her family was the only Jewish family; her family's background; her family's holiday celebrations; observing the Sabbath every Friday; going to dinners every Sunday evening at the houses of Jewish families in neighboring towns; the local nuns and priests studying Torah with her grandparents every Thursday night; her grandmother helping to teach English to new Jewish community members; her mother, who was one of the first Jewish school teachers in Iowa; her memories of the Klu Klux Klan riding through town; being 11 years old when her family moved to Des Moines; attending high school and Drake University; being actively involved in the temple throughout her life; being the president of the Women's Zionists Organization of America; getting married during WWII; her husband's participation in the war; and helping with the relief efforts for European refugees after the war.

Helene Barricks
interview:  1991 April 30
2 sound cassettes.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society
Record last modified: 2020-10-07 13:38:16
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