Guide to the Oral Histories Collection in the Hadassah Archives
1927-2002
(bulk 1980-1990)

I-578/RG 20

Processed by Janine Veazue in May 2016

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Janine Veazue in March 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
Title: Oral Histories Collection in the Hadassah Archives
Dates:1927-2002
Dates:bulk 1980-1990
Abstract: The Hadassah Oral Histories consist of audio cassette recordings and typed transcripts of oral history interviews as well as related correspondence and research documents. Interviewees include notable members of Hadassah’s National Board, the Honorary Council, Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), Youth Aliyah, Machon Szold, and Hebrew University, among others. Discussions cover such topics as Hadassah roles and achievements, Jewish upbringings, education, and family.
Languages: The collection is in English with some Hebrew.
Quantity: 2.25 linear feet (2 audio cassette boxes; 1 manuscript box; 1 half-manuscript box)
Identification: I-578/RG 20
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

In the 1970s, Hadassah appointed Anna Tulin Elyachar as its National Audio-Visual Chairperson. She spearheaded a comprehensive project to record the personal and organizational histories of its founding and most influential members, many of whom were her personal friends. Due to her long-standing association with Hadassah and her friendships with its members, her interviews are insightful and robust.

As a young man, Hanns Winter was involved in the Youth Aliyah program at the Ahrensdorf Training Center in Germany. He later worked at the Geneva office of the Jewish Agency for Palestine/Israel Youth Aliyah Department and then later at Hitachduth Oleh Germania in Haifa. His interviews include discussions on both his time in Geneva and with Youth Aliyah.

The Mirah Yungman interviews were prepared for her book, Hadassah: American women Zionists and the rebirth of Israel.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection of oral history interviews traces Hadassah history through the stories of its founders, board members, and community advocates that made the organization possible. Although each person interviewed made a significant contribution to Hadassah and its legacy, there are several individuals' histories that should be noted as significant to the overall value of this collection.

Fannie Cohen—member of the Honorary Council

Judith Epstein—former National President

Miriam Freund-Rosenthal—former National President

Judith Steiner-Freud—former Dean of the Hebrew University/Hadassah Henrietta Szold School of Nursing

Kalman J. Mann—former Director-General of the Hadassah Medical Organization

Several of the folders in this collection also contain short biographies of the individuals being interviewed as well as correspondence between the interviewer and the interviewee.

Series I consists of interviews (and transcripts of many of those interviews) conducted by Anna Tulin Elyachar. Many of these interviews are structured similarly, with Elyachar asking several broad questions to guide the interview. Topics discussed include a combination of their involvement with Hadassah and how their own personal histories (childhood, education, careers, and family) contributed to their involvement in the organization.

The individuals who appear in the recordings for Series II also discuss their involvement in Hadassah, with a focus on Hadassah Medical Organization-sponsored hospitals. This series also contains several corresponding transcripts.

The documents in Series III consist of background research and correspondence for the interviews in the previous series as well as guidelines for best practices.

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Arrangement

The audio cassette tapes and transcripts in this collection were originally housed separately by item type. This physical arrangement currently remains, with additional alphabetical and series reorganization. The current intellectual arrangement pairs corresponding transcripts with their audio interviews for ease of use and research.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

This collection contains audiovisual or electronic media that requires special equipment to access. Please notify reference staff at inquiries@cjh.org 24 hours in advance of needing access.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The Guide to the Hadassah Archives on Long-term Deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society, which describes the entire collection, can found here: http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=2916671.

Mirah Katsburg-Yungman's book Hadassah: American women Zionists and the rebirth of Israel was built upon several of the oral histories included in this collection and is available through the American Jewish Historical Society's monographs collection: http://search.cjh.org:1701/beta:CJH_SCOPE:CJH_ALEPH000449692

Previously digitized Hadassah-related oral history interviews can be found in RG 18:

Interview with Lotta Levensohn by Moshe (Marlin) Levin

Interview with Rose Halprin in Israel, by Moshe (Marlin) Levin

Additional background and documentation on the Hadassah Medical Organization can be found in RG 2: http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=826508

A 2008 oral history of Charlotte Jacobson can be found in the American Soviet Jewry Movement Oral Histories Collection, I-548: http://digifindingaids.cjh.org/?pID=1696742

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Oral Histories Collection in the Hadassah Archives; I-578/RG 20; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

The Hadassah Archives, of which the Oral Histories (RG 20) are a part, are on long-term deposit at the American Jewish Historical Society.

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Processing Information

Original folders, folder titles, and organization were reused whenever possible. When re-housing did occur, all folder notations were maintained either by including a photocopied surrogate or by including any pertinent notations in a folder-level scope note. Folders were renamed to create a more standardized intellectual order.

All audio cassette tapes were re-housed into new archival boxes. Loose cassette tapes were individually re-housed into archival cases.

The audio cassettes belonging to the Mirah Yungman interview set were numerically labeled prior to processing. Please disregard these numbers in favor of the official collection labels on the outside of the audio cassette cases.

Several interview subjects appear in both series. Searching is recommended to researchers looking for specific names.

Any additional, translatable information written on the cassette tapes and/or folder notations was included as scope notes for future use.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Anna Tulin Elyachar Interviews, 1976-2002

This series is in English.
Arrangement:

Audio cassettes and transcripts are arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.

Scope and Content:

All the oral history interviews in this series were conducted by Anna Tulin Elyachar.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31Benton, Juliette—Audio cassette January 15, 1986request_box
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11Benton, Juliette—TranscriptJanuary 15, 1986request_box
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32Cohen, Fannie—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
33Cohen, Fannie—Audio cassetteFebruary 20, 1981request_box
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12Cohen, Fannie—TranscriptFebruary 20, 1981request_box
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34Dana, Sara—Audio cassetteJanuary 12, 1977request_box
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13Dana, Sara—TranscriptMarch 30, 1980request_box
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35Davis, Eli—Audio cassetteJuly 03, 1979request_box
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14Davis, Eli—TranscriptJuly 03, 1979request_box
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36Doniger, Margaret—Audio cassette1976request_box
  

Recollections of the early beginnings of Hadassah

 
37Dorfman, Rose—Audio cassetteJanuary 02, 1984request_box
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15Dorfman, Rose—TranscriptFebruary 01, 1984request_box
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38Eiges, Anna/Shulman, Rebecca/Jacobson, Charlotte—Audio cassetteDecember 01, 1978request_box
39Eiges, Anna/Shulman, Rebecca/Jacobson, Charlotte—Audio cassetteDecember 01, 1978request_box
310Epstein, Judith—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
311Epstein, Judith—Audio cassetteMay 08, 1979request_box
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16Epstein, Judith—TranscriptMay 08, 1979request_box
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312Evans, Sara and E.J.—Audio cassette1982request_box
  

Side 1: Sara Evans speaks at the regional conference in Wilmington, North Carolina, May 1-2, 1982. Side 2: Presentation of Myrtle Wreath Award to E.J. Evans at conference.

 
313Feldman, Beatrice—Audio cassette September 17, 1984request_box
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17Feldman, Beatrice—TranscriptSeptember 17, 1984request_box
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314Dr. Feldman—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
315Freud, Judith Steiner—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
316Freud, Judith Steiner/Fanya Yassky—Audio cassetteJune 28, 1979request_box
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18Freud, Judith Steiner—TranscriptJune 30, 1979request_box
126Yassky, Fanya—TranscriptJune 28, 1979request_box
19Goldberg, Hanna—TranscriptApril 30, 1979request_box
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317Goldstein, Rabbi Israel—Audio cassetteJune 30, 1980request_box
318Goldstein, Rabbi Israel—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
319Gottesman, Esther—Audio cassette March 01, 1980request_box
320Greenberg, Marian—Audio cassette April 03, 1979request_box
321Greenberg, Marian—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
322Greenspan, Sadie—Audio cassette February 19, 1985request_box
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110Greenspan, Sadie—TranscriptFebruary 19, 1985request_box
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323Halprin, Rose—Audio cassette January 31, 1977request_box
324Harman, Zena—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
325Hawkins, Jennie—Audio cassette August 12, 1982request_box
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111Hawkins, Jennie—TranscriptAugust 12, 1982request_box
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326Jacobson, Charlotte—Audio cassette January 10, 1979request_box
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112Jacobson, Charlotte—Transcript1980request_box
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327Kaplan, Debbie—Audio cassette December 28, 1979request_box
328Karpas, Jack—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
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113Karpas, Jack—Transcript1979request_box
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329Kol, Moshe—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
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114Kol, Moshe—TranscriptJune 30, 1980request_box
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330Kramarsky, Lola—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
331Landau, Moshe—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
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115Landau, Moshe—Transcript1980request_box
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332Lewin-Epstein, Marion—Audio cassette December 16, 1982request_box
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116Lewin-Epstein, Marion—TranscriptJune 27, 1980request_box
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333Mann, Kalman J.—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
  

Hadassah in War & Peace

 
334Mann, Kalman J.—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
335Mann, Kalman J.—Audio cassetteApril 20, 1977request_box
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117Mann, Kalman J.—TranscriptJanuary 23, 1979request_box
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336Matzkin, Rose—Audio cassetteMay 20, 1980request_box
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118Matzkin, Rose—TranscriptMay 20, 1980request_box
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337Nebenzahl, Ernst—Audio cassette June 01, 1980request_box
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119Nebenzahl, Ernest—TranscriptJuly 01, 1980request_box
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338Pool, Tamar de Sola—Audio cassetteApril 20, 1977request_box
339Pool, Tamar de Sola—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
340Pool, Tamar de Sola—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
341Rachmilewitz, Daniel—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
342Rachmilewitz, Daniel—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
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120Rachmilewitz, Moshe—TranscriptJune 03, 1979request_box
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41Rappaport, Chanan—Audio cassette March 10, 1980request_box
42Reifenberg, Esther—Audio cassette June 27, 1980request_box
43Rinott, Chanoch—Audio cassette June 01, 1979request_box
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121Rinott, Chanoch—TranscriptJune 01, 1979request_box
122Roman, Tova and Basil—Transcript2002request_box
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44Rossyn, Dorothy—Audio cassette February 06, 2016request_box
45Rossyn, Dorothy undatedrequest_box
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123Rossyn, Dorothy—Transcriptundatedrequest_box
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46Schenk, Faye—Audio cassetteJuly 01, 1979request_box
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124Shukow, Blanche—Transcript1984request_box
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47Shulman, Rebecca—Audio cassette 1980request_box
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125Shulman, Rebecca—Audio cassette January 24, 1980request_box
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48Sonnenfeld, Leni—Audio cassetteFebruary 14, 1985request_box
49Szold, Robert—Audio cassette January 12, 1977request_box
410Szold, Zippora—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
411Wyzanski, Gisela Warburg/ Goldberg, Hannah—Audio cassette1979request_box
412Wyzanski, Gisela Warburg—Audio cassetteJanuary 31, 1977request_box
413Zablocki, Rabbi Avi—Audio cassette December 16, 1982request_box
  

Includes a recording of "The Positive Value Tones of Chanukah" which was delivered at the Hadassah Chanukah Party, 1982.

 
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Series II: Miscellaneous Interviews, 1962-1995

This series is in English.
Arrangement:

Audio cassettes and transcripts are arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.

Scope and Content:

The oral history interviews in this series were conducted by Sam Orbaum, L.D. Geller, Mirah Yungman, Wendy Elliman, and Judith Epstein. Interviewer is noted, when known.

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414Cohen, Fannie; unknown Epstein—Audio cassetteJuly 27, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
415Cohen, Fannie—Audio cassetteJuly 06, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21Doniger, Margaret—Transcript1976request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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416Dorfman, Rose—Audio cassette June 02, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
417Eliakim, Marcel—Audio cassetteFebruary 27, 1991request_box
  

Interviewed by Wendy Elliman.

Topics include the Rosh Ha'ayin Children's Hospital, 1951.

 
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22Eliakim, Marcel—TranscriptFebruary 27, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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418Ellis, Esta—Audio cassette undatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
419Frankfurter, Estelle—Audio cassette1978request_box
420Freund, Miriam—Audio cassette June 04, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
421Freund, Miriam; Fannie Cohen—Audio cassetteJuly 06, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
422Freund, Miriam—Audio cassette July 13, 1995request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
423Freund, Miriam; Anna Tulin; unknown—Audio cassetteJuly 27, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
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23Freund-Rosenthal, Miriam—Transcript1978request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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424Gidal, Pia—Audio cassetteAugust 04, 1991request_box
  

Topics include the Ma'abarat Talpiot.

Interviewed by Sam Orbaum

 
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24Gidal, Pia—TranscriptAugust 04, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
25Halprin, Rose—Audio cassette August 03, 1977request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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425Jacobson, Charlotte—Audio cassette June 07, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
426Kark, Sidney and Emily—Audio cassette December 26, 1991request_box
  

Interviewed by Wendy Elliman.

Topics include the Kentucky Health Center.

 
427Kark, Sidney and Emily—Audio cassetteNovember 18, 1991request_box
  

Topics include the Kiryat Yovel Health Center.

 
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26Kark, Sidney and Emily—TranscriptDecember 09, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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428Mundel, George—Audio cassetteMay 27, 1991request_box
  

Interviewed by Wendy Elliman.

Topics include the Rosh Ha'ayin Children's Hospital.

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
28Mundel, George—TranscriptMay 27, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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429Philadelphia—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
430Philadelphia—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
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29Pool, Tamar de Sola—Transcriptundatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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431Reifenberg, Esther—Audio cassetteJuly 03, 1990request_box
  

Interviewed by Wendy Elliman.

Part of the Hadassah Oral History Project.

 
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210Reifenberg, Esther—TranscriptJuly 03, 1990request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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432Samueloff, Shlomo and Naomi—Audio cassetteMarch 20, 1991request_box
  

Interviewed by Wendy Elliman.

Topics include the Rosh Ha'ayin Hospital.

 
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211Samueloff, Shlomo and Naomi—TranscriptApril 01, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
212Szold, Robert—Transcriptundatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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433Tulin, Anna—Audio cassette June 29, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
434unknown [Jerusalem Hilton]—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
436Washington—Audio cassetteJune 24, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
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213White, Paul Dudley—TranscriptFebruary 01, 1962request_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

Topics include White's visit to Hadassah Medical Center, Israel.

 
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437Winter, Hanns—Audio cassetteNovember 01, 1984request_box
  

Interviewed by L.D. Geller.

Topics include an introduction to the interview and the history of Youth Aliyah.

Part of the Manfred Waserman Interviews.

 
438Winter, Hanns—Audio cassetteDecember 05, 1984request_box
  

Interviewed by L.D. Geller.

Topics include wartime enlistment, Dr. Badt (1941-1944) and the history of Youth Aliyah.

Part of the Manfred Waserman Interviews.

 
439Winter, Hanns—Audio cassetteNovember 29, 1984request_box
  

Interviewed by L.D. Geller.

Topics include the Geneva office file (1939-1940) and the history of Youth Aliyah.

Part of the Manfred Waserman Interviews.

 
440Winter, Hanns—Audio cassetteundatedrequest_box
  

Interviewed by L.D. Geller.

Topics include the history of Youth Aliyah.

Part of the Manfred Waserman Interviews.

 
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214Wyzanski, Gisela Warburg—Transcriptundatedrequest_box
  

Part of the Manfred Waserman Hadassah Medical Organization Written Interview Transcripts.

 
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441Tel Yehuda—Audio cassetteJuly 14, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
442Zack, Selma—Audio cassette June 25, 1991request_box
  

Part of the Mirah Yungman interviews.

 
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Series III: Related Documentation, 1927-1992

The series is in English with some Hebrew.
Arrangement:

Folders are arranged by creator.

Scope and Content:

Documents in this series pertain to research, correspondence, and best practice guidelines for oral history interviews such as those conducted in Series II.

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215Epstein, Judith—Hadassah Conventionsundatedrequest_box
  

A typed narrative of Hadassah's most notable historic conventions.

 
216Tulin, Anna—Jerusalem list1980request_box
  

A list of potential interview candidates that live in Jerusalem.

 
217Waserman, Meir—Affachiner, Rebecca G. 1992request_box
218Waserman, Meir—Hadassah Medical Organization Oral History Project Administration1990-1992request_box
  

Includes interview receipts, release forms, correspondence, as well as guidelines for oral history interviewing best practices.

 
219Waserman, Meir—Saliternick, Zvi1927-1992request_box
  

Background documents from Zvi Saliternick regarding his work eradicating malaria in Israel.

 
220Yungman, Mirah—Oral History Cassette List2003request_box
  

Contains the original box list for the Mirah Yungman set of oral histories. Although this list is incomplete, it is the only document associated with the Yungman oral histories that identifies and translates the cassette labels.

 
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