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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1910-2013

Creator: Fred Glusman Family

Summary/Abstract:  The Glusman Family escaped the Holocaust and settled in various places throughout the southern United States. The papers include correspondence, clippings, certificates, immigration documents, and programs.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 259, Fred Glusman Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History at the Breman Museum accessioned the Fred Glusman Papers in October, 2013.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Processed by:  Jeremy Katz (October, 2013)

Arrangement:  The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Bernard Glusman was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1907, while his parents Leopold and Sima Glusman were en route to Germany from Russia. At the age of 15 he sand in the choir of the largest synagogue in Frankfurt, Germany. At 22, he conducted his first service. He attended the Yeshiva Seminary and Conservatory in Frankfurt. In 1931 he married his wife, Anna, and became a cantor in Giessen, Germany. In 1937, Cantor Glusman and his family immigrated to the United States. Upon his arrival, Glusman worked as a cantor, and teacher and a shochet at the Sons of Israel Synagogue in Newburgh, N.Y. In 1946, Glusman became the cantor at the West End Synagogue in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served with distinction until his retirement in 1979.

Bernard Glusman’s son, Fred, was born in Germany in 1932. He came to America with his parents in 1937. He received his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University. He then served in the Army and while stationed in Alaska served as an acting Chaplain, conducting all phases of religious activity for Jewish servicemen. Following his service, Fred moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he worked as a manager at the Huntsville Electric Supply Company. While in Huntsville he served as President of the Alabama State Association of B’nai B’rith, helped found the conservative congregation of Etz Chayim, and was active in the Boy Scouts. Fred later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he became involved in the Jewish community. He served as executive director of Beth Jacob for 26 years and assistant kosher supervisor for the assisted living community in Sandy Springs.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Fred Glusman Family Papers will gain insight into immigration prior to World War II and Jewish religious life in the southern United States.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Certificates 1959-2013
2 Correspondence – Frankfurt, Germany 1941
3 Correspondence – General 1965-1997, Undated
4 Correspondence – Jacqueline Kennedy 1963
5 Correspondence – Warsaw Ghetto 1941
6 German currency 1910-1920
7 Immigration documents 1911-1937
8 Tobias Geffen – Shochet certificate 1946
9 Press Clippings 1963-2013
10 Programs 1961, 1963

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