Respondent
Jaffe, Arthur Heilman
Interview Date
1985
Abstract
Arthur Jaffe, executive director for the United Jewish Federation Foundation of Pittsburgh;
[T1S1] born Butler, PA, May 7, 1921; list of siblings; father's business ventures; early life in a small town; anti-Semitism; family struggles after mother's death; visits to Pittsburgh for kosher meats; siblings' educations; recollections of early schooling;
[T1S2] memories of the depression; adolescent years; recollections of years at Pennsylvania State University; attending "Silvershirt", American Nazi meetings to listen; father, president Tri-State B'nai B'rith; graduation, Penn State, June 1942;
[T2S3] Army experiences in Europe and United States; officer in 26th Infantry Division, Charleston, S.C.; Jewish community in Charleston, oldest in United States; military intelligence language specialist; second in command, psychological warfare; experience with conducting services in a bombed out synagogue in Germany;
[T2S4] aiding Jewish refugees during war; attending Hebrew University in Palestine; involvement with Haganah, a defense organization for Jewish settlement; training in Haganah; recruiting for Haganah;
[T3S5] courtship and marriage to Lois, 1949; return to family business in Butler, PA; family life, children; wife's civic activities with Hadassah and Butler Women's Club; her career as professor at the University of Pittsburgh; his service as president of Downtown Businessmen's Bureau; United Way; chairman of School Building Authority; director of Planning and Development at the Carnegie Institute;
[T3S6] father's retirement from family business; his death; Lois' lectures on death and dying, articles, and books; her fight with leukemia; sexual problems of the terminally ill; her influence in founding Forbes Hospice; her death; takes position as director of Planning and Development at the Carnegie Institute;
[T4S7] his work at museum; marriage to Mata Loevner in 1979; position as director of Endowments, United Jewish Federation; wishes for retirement in Florida; children's lives, their families and careers;
[T4S8] continuation of discussion of children;
[T5S9] Mata's children; major opportunities in his life; views on Israel
[T5S10] No abstract for this side.
Subjects
Butler (Pa.); Social service; Haganah (Organization); Israel; City and town life; Jews--Social life and customs; United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh; World War, 1939-1945
Birth Date
1921
City
Butler, PA
Profession
Executive Director
Work
United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
Length (hours)
5
Interviewer1
Meth, Jean
Interviewer2
Guttman, Muriel
Indexer
Reynolds, Jacqueline
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 39
Identifier
ais196440.209
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh