The Albert and Pauline Dubin Oral History Archives

This collection includes stories from influential leaders, philanthropists, and those who have helped to shape the Detroit Jewish community.


Doreen Hermelin

In this interview, Doreen Hermelin talks about her early life.  She remembers growing up in a Conservative Jewish home going to Sunday school, and visiting different Synagogues with friends during Yom Kippur.  She mentions that she always wanted to hear the sermon.  She talks about her father being a role model for her; the doors of his home were always open.

Stuart Hertzberg

In this interview, Stuart Hertzberg speaks about his parents, and his home life as a child.  He briefly mentions his relationships with his grandparents.  Hertzberg talks about his schooling, ending when he got out of the Military.  He mentions that he was involved with Jewish activities at this time; he was a member of Habonim, Hashanir Hatzar, and the Jewish Boy Scouts.

Edythe Jackier

In this interview, Edythe Jackier talks about her early childhood.  She mentions being the baby, and although her father passed when she was very young, she always felt surrounded by love.  She was brought up in a household where her older brothers and her mother were heavily involved in the Jewish community and this influenced her as she grew up.

Larry Jackier

Larry Jackier begins this oral history interview by speaking a little about his family background.  He mentions that his parents though not from Michigan, both attended University of Michigan.  This is where they met, and after graduation, his father got a job working for Judge William Friedman.  Jackier talks about how he followed in his father’s footsteps, but left Michigan for a while to attend Yale Law School.

Norman Katz

In this interview, Norman Katz talks about his mother and father’s immigration to the US.  He tells the story of his mother meeting a man from HIAS when she arrived in the country looking for her sister. He also talks about his father’s immigration with his own father and how both of his parents ended up in Detroit where they met and got married.

Herbert Kaufman

In this interview, Herbert Kaufman speaks about his parents, and briefly mentions his father’s immigration to Detroit.  He remembers his childhood; a very close-knit family with himself and two sisters.  He speaks a little about his high school experiences in a very racially and religiously integrated school and the activities he participated in.  From here, Kaufman mentions the Jewish Community Center and the time he spent there.

Emery Klein

In this interview, Emery Klein speaks briefly about his childhood in Humenne, Slovakia leading up to his family’s transportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Klein remembers his father always bringing those who had nowhere to go to their home for Shabbat dinner every week.  They always had an attitude of charity.

Linda Klein

In this oral history interview, Linda Klein starts off by talking about her grandparents and her parents and mentions what she knows of their immigration to Detroit.  She talks about how close her family was while she was growing up.  Her grandmother had a big impact on her though she died while Klein was very young.  From here, Klein speaks about her father, the type of ambitious and tough man he was and how influential he was on her.

Golda Krolik (Parts 1 and 2)

In this interview Golda Krolik discusses her childhood growing up in Detroit. She discusses volunteering and working with children at the Hannah Schloss Building. She also discusses her social work activates through the Red Cross during the First World War.  In the second part she talks about her work with the Jewish Welfare Federation. She discusses the start of the Women’s Division.

Golda Krolik (Part 3)

In this part of the Interview Golda talks about working for the Shapiro Nursing School. She discusses her and her husband’s involvement with the Jewish Community Council and how this led to her serving on the Detroit Commission on Community Relations. She goes on to describe Julian Krolik and Fred Butzel and their commitment to the community.


This collection is generously supported by the Albert and Pauline Dubin Oral History Archive fund.

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